Roster transition

I don't know about you guys, but I'm really getting anxious for baseball season to start, and inparticulary Pirate season.  I have high hopes of .500 baseball this year from this team. Sadly, I was just reminded this weekend with all this snow how close, but how far away we still are. To pass the time I just wanted to know who you guys truthfully think will fill out our 25 man roster for our Monday afternoon opener. It's not as clear cut as years past as management has brought in alot of guys for competition this year. Also I'd like to know what you guys thought the lineup will look like this September as the season winds down, and into next are my thoughts.

Opening Day

  1. CF McCutchen
  2. 2B Iwamura
  3. RF Jones
  4. C Doumit
  5. LF Milledge
  6. 1B Clement
  7. 3B LaRoche
  8. SS Cedeno

Bench: C Jaramillo, INF Vasquez, OF/1B Church, OF Raynor

Rotation: 1. Maholm 2. Ohlendorf 3. Duke 4. Morton 5. Hart

Bullpen: Karstens, Carrasco, Donnelly, Meek, Lopez, Cotts, Hanrahan, Dotel

End of the year/2011 Opening Day lineup (what I think will happen)

  1. CF McCutchen (posts .400 OBP, more SB)
  2. LF Milledge (hits for high avg., more SB)
  3. 3B Alvarez (becomes our best power threat, high K rate)
  4. 1B Clement (develops power, leads team in RBI)
  5. RF Tabata (perfect 5 hole hitter, high avg., some power, good RBI guy)
  6. C Doumit (does'nt have cleanup hitter power, bridges gap to Sanchez)
  7. 2B LaRoche (high OBP, develops more power, smooth transition to 2B)
  8. SS Cedeno (good glove, OK bat)

Rotation: 1. Maholm 2. Morton 3. Lincoln 4. Ohlendorf 5. Hart

I think Duke, G. Jones, Iwamura, and Dotel all get traded at the deadline for pitching prospects, and I don't really see any upcoming free agents that would interest the Pirates, but it's too far off to know. Maybe it'll be the year we go after a top of the rotation starter, but I highly doubt it (e.g Josh Beckett, Erik Bedard, Cliff Lee, Brandon Webb, and Jeff Francis will all be FAs)

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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