It’s the first full offseason as Phillies president of baseball operations for Dave Dombrowski — he joined the team in mid-December last year — and he kicked things off be speaking rather candidly about his club’s needs while addressing reporters at this week’s GM Meetings in California. Notably, Dombrowski indicated that he’s received a budget from owner John Middleton that he does not “find restrictive” (Twitter link via Matt Gelb of The Athletic) and that he’s already begun to map out his offseason priorities.
“If I had to say one thing, I’d probably say I’d like to have somebody that can close a game for us, and count on it,” Dombrowski said while also labeling left field and center field as “complete necessities” (link via NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury). The veteran baseball ops leader has myriad avenues to pursue upgrades at all three of those spots, though he did note a “preference” not to surrender a draft pick when signing a free agent this winter. That’s far from a hard declaration that the Phils will be out on the likes of Raisel Iglesias, Michael Conforto, Nick Castellanos and Chris Taylor, but the fact that all four of those players received a QO has to factor into the calculus when contemplating them as a fit for the Phils.
Speculatively looking to some higher-end free agents who did not receive a qualifying offer, Starling Marte makes a good bit of sense in center field, while the left field market could include Kris Bryant (a close friend of Bryce Harper), Kyle Schwarber, Avisail Garcia, Mark Canha and others. In the bullpen, Kenley Jansen, Corey Knebel and Kendall Graveman are among the top relievers who didn’t receive qualifying offers. This year’s saves leader, Mark Melancon, is also a free agent.
Of course, names like Graveman and, in particular, Melancon are somewhat questionable fits given the Phillies’ woeful infield defense in 2021. Improving the glovework around the infield ought to be a major priority for Dombrowski as well — particularly given the presence of so many ground-ball pitchers in the rotation mix (e.g. Kyle Gibson, Ranger Suarez and even ace Zack Wheeler). The Phillies ranked as one of the worst defensive units in MLB last season, which has been a recurring theme in recent years.
That segues nicely into other potential area of need for the Phillies: shortstop. While it wasn’t specifically highlighted by Dombrowski, Salisbury notes that the Phils are indeed looking for an upgrade at that position. That comes as little surprise after Dombrowski already made clear that veteran Didi Gregorius is not guaranteed the starting job next year — even in spite of the $14.5MM he’s owed in 2022 (the second season of a two-year contract). The Phils could certainly jump into the free-agent market at shortstop, but doing so would impact their ability to fill the top needs listed by their second-year president. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal suggests it may be something they pursue more opportunistically, in the event that a high-end shortstop’s market doesn’t materialize as hoped.
One potential in-house alternative to Gregorius comes in the form of 2019 first-rounder Bryson Stott, whom Dombrowski praised at length during yesterday’s chat with the Phillies beat (link via Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer). Phils fans, in particular, will want to check out the full slate of Dombrowski’s quotes to draw their own conclusions, but he explained that he’s already told Stott to come to Spring Training “with the mindset of trying to win a job” rather than simply being happy to be there. No promises have been made to Stott, but Dombrowski acknowledged that his presence impacts the manner in which the Phils will approach the free-agent market for shortstops.
Stott, who turned 24 shortly after the season ended, soared from Class-A to Triple-A (10 games) in 2021, hitting a combined .299/.390/.486 with 16 home runs, 26 doubles, a pair of triples, 10 steals (in 14 tries), a 22.2% strikeout rate and a 13.3% walk rate across three levels. The No. 14 overall selection in 2019 also played in this year’s Arizona Fall League and turned in a hearty .299/.446/.403 line in 92 plate appearances.
Stott could theoretically move to another spot (e.g. second base, third base) if the Phils add a shortstop or if Gregorius looks resurgent in Spring Training following an offseason elbow surgery. However, the combined presence of Stott, Gregorius, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, veteran second baseman Jean Segura and young third baseman Alec Bohm (who finished third in 2020 Rookie of the Year voting before struggling in 2021) gives the Phils more options in the infield than in the outfield or at the back of the bullpen.
The Phillies currently project to carry a payroll of about $171MM, per Roster Resource’s Jason Martinez — a lofty number but one that also sits well shy of last year’s approximately $205MM mark. Philadelphia also avoided paying the luxury tax in 2021, which could make crossing the threshold more palatable in 2022. Then again, it’s hard to glean anything about teams’ comfort level with respect to the luxury tax, as the structure of that system will be one of the most critical factors during the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations.
Will wonders never cease? Dombrowski is saying he wants to make building a bullpen a priority?
This I have to see to believe.
Trade #1 – WSox – Kimblow for DD
Kimbrel for DD makes too much sense not too happen imo.
I Like Big Bunts
Except it makes no sense because why would the White Sox want DD?
that seems like an inevitable framework. the interesting part is going to be what ancillary pieces the phillies have to throw in to get a deal done
I think Kimbrel for Segura would make more sense. I don’t think the Sox would move Kimbrel for DD.
I sure hope we don’t do that.
No. CK for DD would just exchange one bad contract for another, and I don’t see DD in the field or at the plate for the Sox as being more valuable than CK can be from the mound.
They should rebuild. 3rd best roster in the division. Can’t count on others to get injured again.
wow, do the Mets get injured by chance every year then?
Lol. If you consider the Phillies the 3rd best roster, you must consider the Mets the 4th.
Lol you’re delusional the Mets had the most injured in baseball last year… Phillies only finished 5 games better.. lmfao
Omg not you again, The Phillies were a better team the Mets rushed into “Being competitive” McCann and Lindor’s contracts are already backfiring Carasco as well The Phillies arguably have just as good of a rotation as well as an offense that can actually score runs.
When the Mets were really hurt, they were actually ahead of the Phillies due to a weak schedule. When the Mets were relatively healthy, they plummeted. deGrom is the big injury. I keep saying that. The other injuries are just excuses you keep making. The Phillies limped to the finish at the end of the season without their 2nd best hitter, and missing their 3rd, 5th and 6th starter. No excuses. Their lack of depth showed and that’s why they tanked at the end. Too many holes on the Phillies. The Mets have even more holes. Their rotation right now is a very questionable deGrom and that’s it really. I assume Thor resigns. They need more starting pitching. They also need more bats. I think the Mets will plug some holes and they can be competitive again. Phillies need to do the same. But if we’re looking at rosters right now? I like the Phillies better. That may change during the offseason.
I really think Mets fan need to chill out on deGrom he hasn’t pitched a full season since 2019 right now Ranger Suarez has been just as valuable.
I didn’t think this would be hard to understand but they did better when they where injured bc that was the easy part of the schedule. If they were healthy the Braves would have never brought and dodgers or Astros would have won the WS…
You’re explaining why the Mets did well when they were injured (I agree btw), but you’re not explaining why they played poorly when they were healthy. That’s the one thing you keep refusing to see. When the Mets played real competition (including the Phillies btw) they got crushed. Why? Oh yeah. Because they aren’t great. But they aren’t far away either. Both our teams are mediocre. I accept it. You deny it.
They played poorly bc they were injured the 2nd half too! Lol. Their two best pitchers weren’t even playing. And carrasco was rushing back. Not to mention both magill and Walker did horrible bc they had barely pitched the year before.
Got it. So they did bad because they were bad. Also deGrom and Syndergaard hardly pitched in 2021, so you have your 2022 excuse built in. Good job.
Walker and magill pitched like 60 innings and yes I’m worried about syndergard. He won’t last a long time and probably do bad at the end of the year.
Just write it down so you don’t forget. You’re going to need 5 or 6 excuses. Obviously injuries will be your first. So lack of innings the previous season is a good second. You got this.
Lee Mazzilli for HOF
Honestly. Then don’t win when he pitches anyway.
We have been hearing that about the Mets for the last 3 years. Every year it’s the injuries.
The Mets must have the fourth best rooster then. Plus you can count on the Mets getting injuries again because that is the only thing they do well.
ugh, please lets find a way to dump Didi and get Bohm off 3B
With the DH, you could use Bohm/Hoskins at 1B/DH. Need a 3B and SS, too, of course. Segura to 3B and a new DP pairing? Plus 2 OFs. Phils have a lot of holes.
Segura needs to stay at second and Stott can play SS. Third is only a hole if they give up on Bohm (they haven’t). Realistically, Left and Center are the only holes (Moniak and Vierling will get looks). Bullpen is always a patchwork job and they are better off there than they were last offseason. Maybe add one starter or use Crouse/Falter as a long man who can fill in – they are sitting pretty good as far as holes go. Can they ugrade? Of course, but they do not have as many holes as in the past.
Why on earth would you want to give Moniak and Vierling looks in the outfield when there will be proven outfielders on the FA market? Moniak still needs to prove he deserves to be out there first.
Because they’re young, cheap, and controllable; the Phillies have other issues to address as well, and they don’t have an unlimited budget?
Please stop applying logic and common sense here! 🙂
See above. Done
Bohm to the A’s for Chapman? Would be a great way to sure up D at 3rd base.
Sign me up!
That’s probably not too far out of the realm of possibility given that the A’s are (surprise, surprise) trying to shed payroll.
A young, controllable Bohm would be right up their alley. Furthermore, if I’m the Phillies, I offer to assume 100% of Chapman’s salary in he deal. However, I think it would cost the Phillies another piece. Not something too significant, but probably a lower level prospect.
Or you could structure it to include Hoskins and get Olsen as well, lol. At least it would replace some production for them. And Hoskins is the kind of hitting profile that they love.
Lefebvre Pitch Guy
The A’s should take a shot at developing Bohm and Moniak, and fixing Kingery for Chapman. It’s a stretch, but what the hell.
Bullpen again how about 2 reliable starters to go with or without Nola.Eflin will not be back soon enough and I would not be surprised if he ever comes You need a good 2 if not another 1.If Long the new hitting coach can polish some of the TERDS hitting we may be ok.
Suarez and Gibson. Nola will be fine. Eflin is a strong 5th starter once he comes back. They need some backend depth, but their 1-5 is strong.
Uh, Ranger Suarez Is next years Vance Worley – two pitches and trending down, not many starters produce with just two pitches. And Nola? 9-9, tough to build on that. Looks like a lot of bullpen games…
Yea. He’s their ace obviously.
Personally, I’m hoping for Bryant if they sign a FA. He can cover LF and 3B. I’m not sold on Bohm, but excited about Stott.
Bullpens are always a mixed bag from season to season,
DD traditionally is not good at building bullpens.
DD built great bullpens in Montreal, Miami, Boston.
Detroit his bullpen was not as good.
Ownership was meddling.
Agents like Boros went directly to Illitch Sr. to get him to sign/waste Tigers budget on guys DD did not need or want like Fielder.
Chipper Jones' illegitimate kid
Chris Taylor signing coming soon.
Can be the CF option to start. If Didi or Bohm aren’t cutting it, can fill in there. His flexibility allows them to be cost-effective to fill other needs rather than feel like they NEED a certain guy at a certain position. He also has a grinder/team-player personality type that I think will go over well in that city.
Is Chris Taylor worth giving up a draft pick? Or would it be better to throw more money at Bryant and save the pick. Bryant gives you similar versatility.
Chipper Jones' illegitimate kid
Bryant is not a good defender at any position other than 1B/LF. Taylor is at 2B/SS/CF. That’s much more valuable for the Phils right now. And yes. Giving up a 2nd-3rd pick is worth it for an All-star who can play up the middle.
Taylor’s advanced metrics for CF are horrible. Just throwing it out there. While we need a player of his ilk, we also need more defensive value in other spots.
Trying to acquire Matt Olsen could help this team immensely. Unloading both DD and Segura would also help. Clear the slate around the diamond.
This team needs a huge shakeup. I’m even for dealing Nola and signing a similar pitcher in free agency to backfill his spot. This could patch some serious holes. Nola to San Diego. Reunite the brothers and ask for Grisham, Edwards and Weathers or something similar.
Taylor is the guy I wanted, but his playoff performance definitely raised his price tag.
I predicted Marte to the Phils. They need a CF.
Please stop speculating that KB will sign with a specific team because his friend Bryce is on that team!
But they’re both from Las Vegas
Chris Taylor won’t be very good on another team that isn’t winning like the Dodgers have been. You’re basically going to throw money out the window for a backup OF
In other words the Mets will probably sign him and he’ll put up 78 OPS+ over 4 years
I keep saying that Did will come back much better than 2021. The man had gout. That explained his lack of movement and throwing off-balance. This is the first I heard about his elbow being bad as well. Not saying he’ll be an all-star, but he can be much better and will improve the 2022 infield D.
As for the rest of the inf – Hoskins went from mediocre to poor; Segura was surprisingly decent at 2B; but Bohm went from looking good in ST to awful. Last I heard they were thinking of trying him in LF.
Not a fan of Kris Bryant, but yes, his friendship with Harper (and their wives and families) might come into play. While far from a gold glover, he can be moved from 3B to LF where he’ll be ML adequate – allowing Girardi to work around Bohm, Galvis (a solid part-time player at 2B, 3B, and SS), and possibly the rookie. Some MLBTR writers projection of Correa going to the Phillies is interesting, and could be a game changer.
The bullpen is the problem, and it’ll take more than a closer. MLB baseball today – with the working counts and endless foul balls – is all about tiring out the quality pitchers and ultimately getting to the weak links in the bullpen. The bullpen is the most volatile segment of a ML team. The teams that are good working with their pitchers usually have the best all-around bullpens during the season. The coaches and manager will square away 2-4 guys that didn’t look so good on paper, but wind up keeping games in check more often than not. As for a closer – we all know they’re up and down. In short, the way the Phillies work with pitchers under Dombrowski will determine their future. The current pitching coach was as unimpressive as the 2-3 before him. Dombrowski / Girardi need to address that.
The bullpen isn’t as terrible as people think. The lack of defense really hurt it. Also, due to injuries, the Phillies had no 5th starter and were using the Pen every 5th start. So the Pen was overworked. It would be nice to have a more reliable closer, but honestly starting pitching depth and defense will fix some of the bullpen woes. The idea that Didi will become good again at his age is a bit crazy IMO. Even in his prime, he was a bat, not a glove. If Didi is the starting SS, this team is in trouble.
Excuse me – Didi was a fine ML defensive SS for years. He was hardly an offensive SS. You have his defense confused with Gleyber. He’s 31 years-old, not 35. Please.
And the bullpen WAS terrible. It wasn’t just that the guys were overworked – which is what opponents try to do – it’s that when the majority came in to pitch a good portion of them couldn’t throw strikes. Alvarado especially, Brogdon, Coonrod, etc. A bullpen guy comes into a close game and walks the first batter; then is down 2-0 / 3-1 on the next so they groove a pitch – I finally stopped watching the games.
Do you not understand that playing infield in baseball is the same as playing the line in football – it’s all about footwork? The first step and balance are critical.
I had gout in 2021. I was in incredible pain; my foot swelled up and it was numb. Had to use a walker for 6 weeks. I don’t play ML baseball.
The game on the field is faster than it looks from the stands (or on TV). It’s all about rhythm and quickness. I watched Didi unable to take a first step; throw weakly off-balance because he couldn’t plant his foot. I saw him unable to dig in in the batters box.
Look, the Phillies may move on from him – that’s their decision. But at 31 this guy is far from washed up as a ML SS. Some smart team is going to take him on and get at least 3-4 very good years out of him.
@Samuel Since coming to the Phillies Didi has had a dWar of 0.2 in 2020 and -0.7 in 2021. In 2019 for the Yanks Didi had a dWar of -0.4. These are clearly signs of a player declining defensively. He’s not a good fielding shortstop. At his best, he had 1.6 dWar for the Yanks in 2016, but he hasn’t been that guy in sometime. And sure, we can look at the gout (which may be an issue for life btw), but previous years show the same story. He is really not a viable option at SS anymore. His offense in the shortened 2020 season was fantastic, but in 2021 he was bad on both sides of the field. I absolutely do not think the Phillies can rely on him for production.
I like you and respect you.
I watch a lot of MLB games – often at least parts of 3-4 a night during the season. Am not a big fan of statistics as they pertain to a players worth in helping his team win – particularly defensive statistics. Don’t understand how they’re computed, and when reading about them comparing one player to another at a position – players I’ve watched often – I’m frequently bewildered.
The best example was people here saying that Hosmer was a radically overrated defensive 1B, while Carlos Santana was an upper level one – based on defensive stats. At first I thought they were joking. Countless times I heard Keith Hernandez speak on Mets broadcasts saying that Hosmer was the best 1B he’s seen in years. Keith Hernandez was not just a multi-Gold Glove winner at 1B. His father was a minor league 1B, that was stationed at Pearl Harbor in WWII where he played pick-up games with Stan Musial that was also stationed there. They became good friends. When Keith was growing up both his father and Musial worked with him on how to play the position correctly. Maybe my own eyes deceive me, but I’ll take the word of a person with that background over some nerds fiddling around with video and computers.
@Samuel Likewise, my friend. I always enjoy your posts, and I agree that stats don’t tell the whole story. I also love that Keith Hernandez story, and I think Keith is great on the Mets broadcasts.
I don’t think Didi is done per se. But the Phillies are weak defensively at the corners. They have a lot of ground ball pitchers. They need an above average defensive SS, and I don’t think Didi is that at this point in his career. I would love to be wrong as Didi is one of the easiest guys to root for, but I don’t see it.
Didi didn’t have gout in his foot. He had pseudo gout in his elbow. I know how painful it is but it wouldn’t affect his footwork if it’s in his elbow
Also saw some nice things with Nick Maton @ 2B and SS in 2021, as well as his hitting. Let’s see what work he does this offseason, how he responds to more coaching, and if he can make adjustments to ML baseball after his first year.
I am very high on Maton I think he can be a good 7th 8th hitter with his good contact rate and elite defense could be a very good gap piece if Stott isn’t ready.
We’ll see how he works out, but it might be possible he takes over 2B when Sequra leaves.
I like him better defensively than Stott in 2023 We might have a Maton (SS) Stott (2B) Combo
Siince the offseason of 2019, the main thing that has separated the NL East is the team’s ability to address bullpen issues. All NL East teams had major bullpen issues going into 2020. WSH added Brad Hand. ATL added Will Smith. PHI depended on some in-house options. IMHO, if PHI had addressed that issue more completely, ATL wouldn’t have won the division 4 years in a row, and possibly not 2021.
The funny thing is the best bullpen from my recent memory was while we were rebuilding and we had Giles setting up for Papelbon to close. If we could get a proper tandem like we had in our rebuilding years that would be Awesome.
You could say the same thing with what CHW were trying to do with taking some of the 2 best closers over the last few years (Hendricks, Kimbrel) – and it’s essentially blown up in their faces. While you can expect a rebound (to some extent from Kimbrel), I doubt he’ll achieve elite results as a setup man, because he never has (as a setup man). Though closer gets all the glory, I think it’s tougher to find the stopper setup guy nowadays (i.e. Matzek).
Random fact: The Phillies had more blown saves than the Braves, but the Braves actually lost more games from the bullpen than the Phillies did. Go figure.
Felt like we were the killer of bullpens late in games.
I’d love to know some more context since I don’t follow PHI, but it seems they penned a lot of the bullpen (maybe deservedly) from a few years ago on Gabe, which it looks like he’s corrected some of in SF, without adequately addressing the lack of talent. Sure, SerAnthony Dom’s injury issues were deflating, I can imagine, but without the need of overspending on a closer, I don’t see why they couldn’t have added a few decently-priced finds without going overbudget. They couldn’t have thought that that expensive of a team could wholly rely on Alvardo, Neris & Archie Bradley. I know they have some live arms that can grow into that after 2021.
I think they made a lot of moves to improve the bullpen last season. And through the first few weeks that pen looked lights out, but it fell apart. I think there are a variety of factors there, but the sub-par defense is a big one. It’s the common thread over the last few seasons. Good relievers come to Philly and fall apart. They definitely need a more reliable arm to close out games, but it’s just as important to improve that defense in the infield.
It’s really interesting. People constantly undervalue the Braves. Not only did they overcome a series of brutal injuries, but they had significant bullpen woes that even plagued them in the playoffs. The Braves have a chance of being much better next season. In the regular season at least. It’ll be very tough to repeat.
They will be much better next year the only idiots who undervalue them are Muts fans who think no matter what they do they are winning the WS.No Gm,No Mgr and Jerry Jones Step-Brother Cohen.Losing numerous players.The Mets may finish in last behind the Marlins.
I would consider moving Segura back to SS
No Hes not good at shortstop hes gold glove at second base
A’s free agent Starling Marte sign for CF OR LF
A’s have numerous starters, 1B. 3B, relief pitchers available in a trade.
Dave D should do a blockbuster deal with the A’s to fill 2-3 holes.
Lou Trivino had 22 saves for the A’s last year.
Matt Olson 1B and/or Matt Chapman 3B are two young stars
who play great D and hit, hit for power.
I would require Phillies to get creative, to swap out some young talent(Not Stott)
like their young 3B and others to make it happen,,
Why do people keep saying to trade Segura best hitter on the team next to Harper.Segura needs to be the starting 2b at all cost.Not 3rd or short.leave him alone where he is comfortable.I would trade Realmuto before Segura.Trade Bohm and others to oakland to
get Olsen and 3b Chapman.
@Bob agree with your points about Segura, but I’ll also add that Segura has little trade value. Not because he’s not good; he is good as you pointed out. It’s more about his contract. There’s pretty much 0 benefit to trading Segura.
I’m interested in Ramon Laureano being moved to the Phillies , and the A’s getting Johan Rojas .
My bet here would be Bryant as a 3B/LF, Marte to on CF and a another cheaper option for LF in Rosario.
That way if the DH is implemented, Hoskins can DH, Bohm plays 1B, Bryant at 3B, Segura and Didi up the middle and Harper in RF with JT behind the dish. They can certainly pull it off !
In terms of RL, I would take a chance on Hand and Yates on a pair of 1 year deals so they can reestablish their values in the N.L.
I don’t see the Phillies making two blockbuster signings, but yeah…of course I’d take this.
Jesus, if that was to go down. Merry Christmas to us all.
DD cannot, cannot build a bullpen, so good luck with that.
The OF “upgrades” basically need to be CF and a 4th Outfielder that can play all three spots. Starling Marte makes so much sense it probably won’t happen
Dombrowski built great bullpens in Montreal, Miami and Boston.
Unfortunately the Sox best relievers in the ’18 postseason were Price and Eovaldi
They will miss Cutch… 52 XBH plus 80 rbi’s needs to be brought back on a lesser contract. Maybe 1 year $8-9 million because his value will be missed.
Trade Rhys Hoskins please
If the Phillies make a blockbuster deal with the A’s or another team, then you may get your wish..
One can only hope so
I’m not sure I understand the Hoskins hate. The dude has been one of the best offensive guys the Phillies have had since he burst on the scene in 2017. I get that he hasn’t been the healthiest player on the team. But despite his injuries, he’s consistently been a spark plug for them at the plate.
I don’t get it either. It’s not a coincidence that two seasons in a row, the Phils sunk when Hoskins went down. His bat is huge.
My first thought when reading this article is that the Phillies are going to trade Stott. Dombrowski is first and foremost a salesman. So when he starts complimenting players, I see it as advertisement. Does anyone think the Phillies would consider trading Didi to the Brewers for JBJ? Didi could slide to 3rd and JBJ would vastly improve the outfield defense. The two sides might have to add some pieces/money to make it work but it’s a foundation that might solve a problem for both sides..
This team has so many holes that need to be fixed. We need more starting pitching, bullpen is a..mess is polite. Our entire infield defense is a disaster. We have Harper and JT. Those are the only everyday guys they can rely on all year. Hoskins is good but gets hurt every year.
Selling Segura short. He’s been better than JTR in long stretches, but otherwise everything you said is true.
Yea I like Segura but I also didn’t count him because realistically he is on a 1 year deal with a potential buyout for next year. Best case he is here for the next two years. I don’t see him being a guy DD will commit to after that unless he can get him on the cheap for a bench role as he will be mid 30s at that point.
Yates – I’ll pass. I have a hard time valuing a pitchers who mainly achieved notary pitching in the NL or AL West.
Hand – That’s a right price signing for me. There’s a good amount of miles on that arm.
Didi – Hold on to start the season. He’s in a contract year so you know to expect additional effort. If Stott is doing well, I’d flip Didi at the DL for a need.
BP – I’m definitely for Knebel at the right price. I think Alvarado, Knebel, and Dominguez could be a good base for the bullpen.
LF – I’m actually for KB in LF. Do I think his friendship makes it a discount and official? Nope, but if the offers are close, it could play into the Phillies favor.
CF – Most likely will be a more defensive move than an offensive one. Well at least it should. I haven’t seen enough of Moniak or Hasely to say they couldn’t provide an inexpensive alternative.
What do I know. DD might just burn it to the ground and go all in.
Just my .02c worth..I’ll keep it short..First, How has to stay…Dave said he wants a middle of the order bat. I believe him..Can he get that and fill center or left at the same time? Depends on howe much cash they want to spend. Short Stop? They need more of a glove. An average hitter will suffice.
I’m one who thinks the DH will play a bigger role on what Dave does. Keep in mind there might be a lock out this year..