I have been a long-time reader, but this is my first post, so please bear with me. I came across this article on ESPN that basically said we have 11 players that will be starting at the 8 positions (minus pitcher) next spring. It is an insider article. There were 2 separate instances where I could help but wonder if the author even watched a Pirate game.
It looks like another year of Garrett Jones at first base with Ryan Doumit manning right field and the newly acquired Chris Snyder taking over behind the plate. Alvarez could also man first instead of third if Andy LaRoche's bat takes another step forward, which would push Jones into the outfield.
I agree Jones will be at first base and Snyder will be behind the plate. However, I think Doumit will be traded either by the end of this season or during the off-season. I don't think there is anyway they try to put him back at first and he hasn't played outfield in a couple of years. He is terrible behind the plate, but I think his bat would be serviceable enough to an A.L. team. LaRoche may get a few starts at third, but I think it's too early to move Alvarez to first.
The article goes on to read:
Lastings Milledge figures to play a corner spot regularly, and Jose Tabatamay start 2011 with a chance to beat out Milledge, Jones or Doumit for an everyday role, which could make one of the veterans trade bait.
Really? Have they not been watching the Piratesplay since mid-June when Tabata has been called up? Aside from a couple days off here and there, he has started everyday in left field and has done nothing to show he shouldn't be there. His line is .296/.349/.388 and he is playing solid defense. With Milledge every fly ball is an adventure .
I'm not sure about the new guys they got in the trades over the weekend, but I've heard they will also be out of options next spring. That means we have to find a spot on the roster for Lambo, Bowker, Pearce and Clement.
So, I know this has been thrown out before, but I was wondering what you guys thought the lineup would like opening day 2011.