With the offense far beyond "struggling" - yes it's only mid-May, but to have the lowest total runs scored in all of major + minor league baseball certainly constitutes a reason to worry a little - maybe it's time to at least shake things up in small but simple way.
While I still think it's ok to question whether or not it was a great idea to possibly rush Pedro into the clean-up spot (and yes I know he probably woulda struck out 3 times tonight v. Norris in the 6th spot, too), is it so wrong to at least explore the idea of bringing up a couple of those TripleA veteran bats for some platoon/bench/spot start duty? Whether its Clement or Fox or Hague or even Brandon Boggs, could they really be any worse and have any less upside than Nate? Nate is getting embarrassed out there, partly because he keeps doing what he seems to have been doing for the past 3 years - trying to pull everything. Even in his "prime" with the Bucs, he rarely used the opposite field. He has been given a few opportunities this year, yet has basically failed almost every time. It's not my money, and the contract is fairly minimal, so what is the true harm in simply cutting ties and giving one of the other bats a chance?
If cutting Nate is not an option, then maybe its as simple as designating J-Hey for assignment? Navaro should be able to handle the back-up middle infield duties as well or even better than him, and Clement or Fox or Hague would at least hopefully provide a little more punch of the bench or in an occasional platoon.
Personally, if it was me making the decisions, I'd cut Nate and designate J-Hey tonite, and bring up Fox and Clement just cause I'm curious about the "raw power" both appear to show at times. I know that leaves us short in the outfield, but Garrett Jones could help there with Clement and/or Fox playing some firstbase at times. Plus I assume Fox can technically play rightfield too. Technically.
Of course this doesn't solve all the problems, it's just a seemingly risk-free way to try and shake things up a bit and see if you can find some bats to generate any kind of spark at all
I'm guessing this idea is going to get met with a few sets of angry, rolled eyes and possibly even a couple "Get your head out of your @$$, how dare you knock the organization's decisions or question Nate's ability! Go back to reading Smizik you hater!" If so, my bad. I was just thinking out loud and wondered if anyone had similar thoughts....
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