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by Lebowski » Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:53 am
by consigliere » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:59 pm
Lebowski wrote:Or does Shapiro make another move to solidify the lineup?
If the roster is untouched, this is my guess at the Tribe's everyday lineup:Sizemore CFMichaels LFPeralta SSHafner DHMartinez CBelliard 2BBroussard 1BBlake RFBoone 3B
Obviously, the weak spots are RF, 1B, and 3B. At 1B, Ben will get the majority of the starts, supposedly being platooned with Perez. Garko will start out in AAA, and then make the move to the bigs, hopefully taking over the platoon by the end of 06. I could see Ben being moved at some point during the season if Garko impresses. Boone is at 3B, until he gorks and/or Marte is ready to take over. Those positions won't be traded for, as we have young players in system who should take over at some point this season.
That is why if Shapiro makes another move prior to opening day, it will be for a starting RF. I have a feeling that the Tribe brass really wants an upgrade there, to start the season. Remember, they tried to sign Brian Giles earlier this offseason.
Some players that have been bantered about:Craig Wilson PITAustin Kerns CINKevin Mench TEXWishful thinking from a dillusional fan:Manny Ramirez BOS- By not showing up to ST, he obviously has written his ticket out of Beantown. Theo and Mark are probably on the phone now, hammering out details for a trade.
by Lebowski » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:48 pm
by consigliere » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:09 pm
Lebowski wrote:Interesting point. I just wonder how likely it is that Boston sucks hind tit this season. IMO, their offense carries a below average staff and shitty pen again. Of course, the Yanks will contend and the Jays are (supposedly) improved, so maybe they get beat up in their division.
To speculate, I wonder what Shapiro would be willing to give up and what Theo would be willing to accept. It is obvious that Theo is/was willing to accept something less than fair value for Manny. If not prospects, what about MLB ready prospects? IMO, we have guys that will start in Buffalo that could start for many MLB teams this season.
by Lebowski » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:16 pm
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