Of immediate concern, in my humble opinion, are the following:
- Quality arm for 6th-8th innings, AKA long relief man. We still have too many unreliable arms in the bullpen and most of our starters can't pitch past the 5th or 6th inning. Hatcher is terrible, the joke's over with JP and I still don't trust Fien or Baez. So we need absolutely need a long relief guy. At this point, I think this is more important than a new setup man.
- Legit setup man - Do we really trust anybody for the 8th inning? Libertore has been pretty good I suppose, but Chapman would be much better. Still, if I had to make a choice, I'd choose a new long man out of the pen.
Realistically, Blanton was supposed to be the long man when he signed, but because he's been one of the most reliable pen pitchers all season, his role change. If the FO can get a legit 8th inning guy, he can be moved back to that role IMO. Libby has been great for the 7th.
I can't wait until Hatcher is DFA'd, hopefully today with Ryu coming back, but I'm sure it'll be Avilan sent down (not that he deserves to stay either), and some other 40 man move is done for that.