There has been a lot of talk about what the Royals will do in 2008 to improve the offense. I had a couple of off-the-wall ideas that I'd be interested in getting some input on:
Rocco Baldelli-Good when healthy, but obviously has had significant problems staying healthy. Will be only 27 next year and I'm betting we could get him fairly cheaply. I would then move Teahen back to 3rd and Smirky to 1st, with Gathright the 4th OF.
No idea what it would actually take to get him, maybe a bullpen arm, back of the rotation starter, or both? Would Nunez be enough, given the fact that the Rays are overloaded in the OF, he's hitting arb years I believe, and his injury record?
Joe Crede-Another injury risk and is a FA after 2008, I believe. Again, with the emergence of Josh Fields, they don't really need him and would probably be willing to part with him at low cost. Could we get him for a middle-relief arm (again, Nunez) and perhaps an OF like Mitch Maier? We then move Smirky to 1B and leave Billy the Kid at DH.
Any thoughts on this? Am I on crack or could these be low-risk options/alternatives to diving in to the FA market? Any other guys that might fit this bill for us?