(2017-01-10, 06:36 PM)Unreal Wrote:
(2017-01-10, 01:44 PM)shadylane Wrote: I wonder if there's anything to this:
My guess would be some final tweaks. Maybe signing Brandon Moss and Jerry Blevins?
I assume Moss would have a full time outfield position?
I'd probably rather have Bautista back if that's the case. A marginal improvement defensively, and a drop-off offensively - injury is a major concern too.
Bautista would definitely be an upgrade on Moss offensively but probably at 3x the cost. I haven't seen any indication the Jays are serious about bringing Bautista back but that can obviously change quickly.
I could see a scenario where Zeke, Upton, Pearce and Moss split time at the corners depending on the situation. Pompey could be the wildcard and force himself more into the lineup which could relegate Zeke and/or Upton to the bench more.
The Dodgers scratched by last season with a similar situation with guys like Thompson, Puig, Reddick and Kike Hernandez. It's not ideal, but if you start adding up some of the fractions of WAR of each contributor, it may pass for above average production at each position.
Upton has hit well against lefties the past two years, last season coming in at 32% above league average. Pearce has fared well against righties. That could be a potential platoon in LF.
Moss is a left-handed bat who actually played passable defense in the OF last season. And the opportunity for Pompey to cut into his playing time in RF is there if he performs.
Moss can also play 1B which means Smoak's bat won't have to get exposed over 300+ plate appearances.
Carrera would be a defensive replacement/spot starter.
That's just one scenario that came to mind. Probably not the most ideal, but at least a very affordable one.