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Different angle on McLouth deal

There is much debate about (1) whether this deal was a salary dump and part of the 18 year pattern of trading our only good players etc. and (2) whether the guys we got back were good enough to justify trading Nate, what kind of players do they project into etc.  One thing that hasn't been discussed so much is what is the future of our OF?  Morgan has been a very pleasant surprise but despite his decent/good OBP and good defense, he has no power at all.  Because of this, as well as Nate's lack of ideal speed for CF, I had always envisioned Nate sliding over to left field when Cutch came up, with Cutch in center.  Given the dimensions of PNC park, this would be a great defensive alignment, since a tweener CF/corner hybrid is exactly what we need in left at PNC.  Nate would have been a great defensive LF for us, and his bat would have been above average in LF too (though not as good as his bat plays in CF).  This trade leaves our organization with no real power above A+ (w/ exception of the constantly injured Doumit and the oscillatory Adam LaRoche).  Where are we gonna get the power from?  We seem to be stockpiling AAA pitchers with these trades as though we want to be decent again in 2010 or 2011 - we also now have a very good defensive team and a lot of guys who can get on base (Andy LaRoche, McCutchen) but where will the power come from?  Or is the plan to use our speed at the top of the lineup to "manufacture" runs?  If so, that strategy sounds familiar doesn't it?


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