Looking to get some more discussions going, so I identified 2 guys I would like AA to acquire
1. 1B/DH Lance Berkman
Breakdown: If he doesn't retire I would love to see his bat in the lineup. He is coming off an injury and at his age, that drops his stock quite a bit. Berkman may not be able to hold up as a position player, but could hold up as a DH.
Now let's talk about Berkman's bat. In 2011 he put up a .310/.412/.547 batting line with 32 HR, not bad. He walks a ton (15.5 career BB%) and doesn't strike out much for a power hitter (16.6% career K rate). Since his 34 game rookie season, his lowest OBP in a season has been .368. The guy has always been able to hit and would be a good veteran presence in the locker room.
After his stellar 2011 season the Cardinals signed him for 1 year @ 12M. Coming off an injured year, the price should fall quite a bit. Berkman would also make Lind expendable, who we could likely save 3M or so by trading. Lind will likely need a platoon partner as well, who could cost another 3M or so to sign. Berkman can switch hit and handle both sides of the plate. If this guy feels up to another season, I'd like to see him coming to T.O, despite the injury risk. This guy was nearly a 5 WAR player in 2011, even with bad defence out in left.
2. LF Juan Pierre
Breakdown: Pierre is another old guy, who seems to have something left in the tank. I wouldn't mind a big signing to fill our LF need, but Pierre could be a solid cheap option. With Gose likely coming up by the end of the year, the Jays may just need a stopgap for their last OF spot.
Pierre seems like a perfect platoon candidate for Rajai Davis. Pierre hit .329 vs righties last year and just .190 vs lefties. He has virtually no power but had an OBP of .351 last year, just what we need. Pierre's numbers may fall a bit in 2013 but he should be a solid player nonetheless.
If there is one thing Pierre can do it is put the ball in play. He struck out in just 5.2% of his at bats in 2012 and he hasn't posted a single season K rate above 7.4% in his career. A Pierre-Davis split allows us to always have a potential 40 SB guy in the lineup, as well as on the bench for late in the game.
Let me know what you think/ any other ideas you have in the comments