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What Dayton Moore Should Do Between Now and Opening Day 2012


What Dayton Moore Should Do Between Now and Opening Day 2012.

 

First thing, (and I know this is blasphemy) is to trade Butler for an arm. Not a borderline starter or a #5 but someone that could be our #3 SP and if that isn’t possible package Butler with another player to get the deal done. Starting Pitching has to be the focus in between now and Opening Day 2012 whether that be acquiring arms or converting Crow and others from the bullpen to be a part of the rotation. Our lineup is starting to look real professional, we have the defense up the middle and we have what looks to be power on the corners. I think locking Francoeur up for 2 more years after 2011 would be a good move to allow Myers to develop, but if Myers forces Dayton to call him up through performance then the aforementioned Butler trade would allow Frenchy or Myers to DH when the other is playing the field. Trading Butler would also allow us to see if Robinson’s tear in AAA is a fluke or not; it’s most likely a case of him being a Quad-A player, but let’s see what we’ve got. Butler is a professional hitter and I enjoy watching him play, but we’re sacrificing power enough up the middle we just can’t afford to do it in the DH spot. Keeping Butler on this team creates a logjam at multiple positions and will hurt “The Process” in the long run. If we have ANY players that don’t have a real defined position they will waste away in the minors because they can’t be brought up just to ride the pine. I understand we can’t just give him away so in order for us to get a mid to top of the rotation guy we’ll need to give up something good. Besides trading Butler and improving the rotation I don’t see anything pressing on this team. We have CF’s with speed and can play some D, 2B is held by Getz but we have Giovatella/Colon on their way, we’re solid at 1st/3rd, LF and RF are good for 2-3 more years if we get Alex/Frenchy extended, SS Jesus is solid, catchers are on their way and the bullpen is always being tore down and rebuilt. Without a starting rotation this team is going nowhere, with Butler on this team certain prospects aren’t either.


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