I'm a big fan of yours. Just let me get that out in the open first and foremost—huge fan.
Second of all, I know that this season has not gone as planned.
Having three of five starters on the DL to start the season must be difficult, and adding your biggest offensive threat and another starting pitcher to that list of hurt players certainly isn't helping.
I also want to go on record and say that I, for one, don't think you need to do something drastic, like sign Pedro Martinez, or Paul Byrd, or any other free agent starting pitcher.
Not yet, anyway.
No, in fact, I am writing you regarding your offensive potential.
I love Chone Figgins, too, but Gary Matthews, Jr. should not be your next-in-line option for Vlad Guerrero.
Vlad's falling apart. He runs like he has two wooden legs, and, even after successful knee surgery, he will never be what he was in his 20s.
Time's a bitch, after all.
But why are you in love with Figgins at third base? I know he's great, and a defensive upgrade over your younger guys, but I think it's now time for pop instead of defense. Defense will save runs in many cases, but it doesn't matter much if you're not putting up runs of your own.
It is with that in mind that I suggest your roster and lineup should be as follows:
LF Chone Figgins
2B Howie Kendrick
DH Bobby Abreu
CF Torii Hunter
RF Juan Rivera
C Mike Napoli
3B Brandon Wood (or Matt Brown?)
1B Kendry Morales
SS Maicer Izturis/Erick Aybar
I realize this won't win any popularity contests with people like GM Jr., but Abreu's glove is horrible. Even though Rivera is better suited for LF, I think he'd be a marginal upgrade over Abreu defensively.
It's time to bring up some pop and see what it can do.
If Kendry and his 1-for-100,000 with runners in scoring position this season deserves time for his first big crack at the bigs, Brandon Wood does, too.
We've already seen the Dallas McPherson story play out, and to lose Wood and have him blossom somewhere else would be disingenuous, at best.
By the way, Speier's starting to come around, eh? Let's hope it stays that way.
Scott "The Big Geek" Fowler