Opening Day Roster & Lineup 2011

At this point of the season there isn't much to do other than get ready for next year, right?  And with that in mind, who I want to see on the roster and in the opening day lineup next year.


C Lucas May
*C Brayan Pena
*1B Kila Ka'aihue
*1B Billy Butler
*2B Mike Aviles
*SS Yuniesky Betancourt
*3B Wilson Betamit
UI Ed Lucas
*OF David DeJesus
*OF Alex Gordon
*OF Mitch Maier
OF Gregor Blanco
U Willie Bloomquist Lite (well, only in a monetary sense)

*SP Zach Grienke
SP Luke Hochevar
SP Kyle Davies
SP Bruce Chen
SP Sean O'Sullivan
RP Cheap Anybody
RP Cheap Anybody
RP Cheap Anybody
RP Philip Humber
RP Robinson Tejeda
RP Gil Meche
RP Joakim Soria

*Denotes starter on opening day.


Obviously this is not a team that is going to win that many games, but we all know that about next year.

A couple of notes that I think I disagree with some on:

In the offseason, the only big move I want to see is Dejesus getting signed to a 3 year deal.  That's a veteran presence I could handle.  Otherwise, either bring back some of our poor bullpen help or go get very cheap new bullpen arms.  Also, go get a Bloomquist to backup everything.  But make sure its a player you don't really like enough to be tempted to play.

I feel that this lineup gives us the best ability to analyze current talent and have openings to call people up while not spending money next year.  Hopefully by midseason the bullpen Cheap Anybodys are gone, replaced by the likes of Coleman and Collins, and Moustakas is up manning third with either Betemit or Kila moving to the bench.  Ideally a SP or 2 is ready for a callup or two around the all-star break.  By the trade deadline we should have a decent understanding of where our biggest holes lie (*Cough*, SS, *Cough*) and be able to either address it with a lesser piece like Blanco or Maier coupled with a quality SP prospect.  If GMDM were to follow this strategy, I think we realistically could hope for a .500 ballclub come 2012, and past that, who knows.


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