Watching the games this weekend has gotten me excited about next year (not to mention the rest of this one, if we can just finish this tough homestand well, like 4-2, maybe we can cut the division lead to around 8 or 9, maybe better. Dammit! I do this every year). If Callaspo gets back and gets to play a little I think he can prove himself enough to earn a platoon with Esty at 2B next year. Also, I'd love to get Shealy some time at the end of the season at 1B and maybe he'll prove he can platoon at 1B next year also, but not with Gload...with Teahen. I have Teahen at 1B because I'm starting to really like Maier. He reminds me a lot of Aviles. Now his numbers aren't there yet, but I think over time he could be that kinda guy. I think he also reminds me on DeJesus 2 or 3 years ago. I think he projects to be the same type of player. This also moves Dejesus to left and Guillen to right. Add in Gordon (3b), Butler (DH), Aviles (SS), and combo of Buck and Olivo in semi-platoon role at C.
Lineup vs. Righties: Aviles, Teahen, DeJesus, Guillen, Gordon, Butler, Callaspo, Buck, Maier
Lineup vs. Lefties: Aviles, DeJesus, Butler, Guillen, Gordon, Olivo, Shealy, Esty, Maier
Now this all follows my theory of not going out and getting a big FA this off season. I'm of the belief of setting a 5 to 7 year plan with salaries that starts with them being lower for the next 2 years before we need to sign our own players that earn a longer contract (whoever they may be). If we stay between 60-70 mil. the next 2 seasons we can then afford to be in the 100's in years 4 through 6. That would allow us to get everyone we deem fit a longer contract.
It's just my theory. And still think that lineup could compete next year if our rotation progresses.