grabarkewitz wrote:Forgot about Libby being out. But what's interesting, and I'm sure something they've discussed, is the possibility of us needing 13 pitchers in this series. I mean, Maeda, Hill, and Urias simply cannot be counted on for more than 3 or 4 innings. Stripling is a nice insurance piece, but as you say, I think we need Stewart and/or DeLeon as a THIRTEENTH arm. That means either Barnes or Culberson is out, with Howie being super-sub and Turner covering SS if Seager gets hurt.
monsooner wrote:Liberatore is out, elbow surgery. I like the idea of adding both Brock Stewart and Jose DeLeon to the roster because our starters (even Kershaw) are going to be given very little rope. I would be shocked if Maeda even goes five on Saturday, not because of pitching badly but because the situation calls for it. If we get an early run or two off of Lester, the minute the Cubs start making noise, the pen will be up.
And I don't see the 25-man roster changing other than Dayton being replaced by Libby or Howell. Cubs have one lefty starter, just like the Nats. Toles did well enough. And I'd like to see Puig more often than Reddick, at this point.
I don't know what to expect on the position player front. The only move I can see if maybe Micah Johnson (for his base running) and sitting either Culberson or going with only two catchers. But I think that is very unlikely. Quietly, I am thinking that whenever this season ends will be Puig's last in a Dodger uniform. I figure he is Milwaukee bound (for Braun) and we make a big play to resign Reddick and hope Trayce is 100% in '17.
I don't know about Puig. He's been a quiet, good boy from all accounts since his demotion. And Reddick isn't popular - in terms of his play - with most fans. Puig is NOT a platoon player, while Reddick clearly is. Plus, I think we'd have had a 4-2 victory last night if Puig was manning RF in the early innings. Reddick's arm is clearly inferior. IMO, the upside with Puig is still incredibly fun to consider.
See, I like Reddick. His defense is not as good as Puig's, but I have a hard time thinking of someone who plays defense at the same level and that includes the highly overrated Heyward and equally overrated Polanco. Reddick is reported to be very popular in the clubhouse and with Roberts. Sure, he is a platoon player, but it is not like we don't have options as a righty stick with Trayce likely being our fourth outfielder in '17. I feel that Puig's offensive approach is a mess and his bat still looks slow to me. I say cut bait while his value is still based on 2013. If the Brewers are willing to move Braun for Puig and if we are willing to eat a lot of that contract, I do the deal in a second. Likely, if the deal comes to pass, it will be Braun and some cash for Puig and a farm piece or two. I figure we get a couple million per year from the Brewers and the farm pieces are likely lower level guys who are not in the top twenty.
I figure we slot in Braun between Ginger Jesus and AGon and we improve mightily against lefties. I doubt we make any other big trades or anything and our signings will likely resigning our own free agents (Hill, Reddick, Turner, Jansen and Blanton). I would venture we might also resign Chooch and Utley, while maybe inking a leftty reliever because I am not sold on any of the lefties we have going into '17. Aside from Blanton and Jansen, none of those guys inspire confidence in me going forward.