With Pedro finally up, the Pirates have essentially no MLB-ready position player prospects left (barring Tony Sanchez, who will basically just replace Ryan Doumit's production with better defense, we hope). Barring both collapses by Walker/Tabata, and breakouts by Pearce/Milledge, in my view the Pirates have a quality offense that lacks one more power threat. Combine that with the fact that the Buccos have (to use a technical term) a buttload of cash available for payroll. Furthermore, we have positions available at 1B or RF, the two easiest positions at which to find a good bat. To me it makes sense to find a short-ish term FA (2 years), to give the Bucs a chance at a quality offense; that alone won't make them a contender, but with pitching anything could happen, and a FA at this point won't block a prospect. So for fun, I looked at Cot's Baseball contracts; the outfield for 2010 is a little thin, but look at the glut of 1B's:
Adam Dunn WAS
Lance Berkman HOU *
One can immediately cross off the following names: Pujols (no way), Ortiz(defense), Giambi (no), Helms (mediocre) and Overbay (terrible). I'm also guessing that Berkman is not a practical option, since he'll probably stay in Houston. Whats left is intriguing:
Adam Dunn WAS
Paul Konerko CWS
Derrek Lee CHC
Carlos Pena TB
All of these guys should have a shot at the open market, but I don't think any will get a huge contract; Konerko's old, Dunn and Pena are super low AVG/high K guys, and Lee is having a poor season(and the Cubs are too much of a mess to re-sign him). I'd love to see the Bucs throw one of these guys a 2-year, $15-25 million contract; would they sign for that? Would it make a difference?
I also wouldn't mind seeing them throw the kitchen sink at Cliff Lee....
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