Payroll flexibility

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Payroll flexibility

Yesterday I stated that we would not do too much in the Hot Stove season, but apparently, this article has a different spin.  It brings up some interesting scenarios.

Jose Lopez, trade him.  This could be interesting and coming from the “sell high” strategy with his career numbers in 2009.  I would not be opposed to this as I did state I find his defense lethargic at times.  If we trade Lopez, move Tuiasosopo to second assuming we trade Lopez for a third baseman with some pop in his bat.  Not a bad choice.   

I do like Jason Bay.  We could use a hard hitting left fielder, and Bay could fill that void.  If he was our “prized” free agent, I would be happy.

Trade Brandon Morrow?  Wow, this could be an interesting possibility.  I don’t see this happening as Brandon has roller coaster stats that any team should be leery of.  His best game, was his last game of the season.  I am not sure what we would get in return.  Would be looking for quality pitching if we trade him?  Perhaps a solid 3 or 4 starter type?  Trading him would put an end to the Brandon vs. Lincecum debate.  Maybe we will go after the Cuban defector Noel Arguelles. 

A lot of people locally are concerned about the catcher position.  Rob Johnson, a Butte native, is having 3 surgeries this offseason and Adam Moore is too young.  I don’t see this as a concern as we have had many veterans in this post and still had issues.  At this point, what do we have to lose?  Rob states he feels great after his hip surgeries.  He should be ready to go by mid-March. 

Bring on the winter meetings, I want to get this show on the road.

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