Part I, we introduced ourselves and generally discuss the offseason. In Part 2, we discussed the Marcum for Lawrie trade. In Part 3 we discussed the 2011 pitching staff, while in Part 4 we discussed the catching situation. In Part 5 we discussed the Jays' farm system, and in Part 6 we took a look at breakout and fallback candidates.
Tom: Adam Lind. I just think his swing is too good to not do better than last year. I think he just he wanted to pull every pitch he saw. I’m not sure if that was coaching or what but I think he’d be better off, especially against LHP to look the other way more. I also think it will help him if he plays in the field more.
JohnnyG: So this is basically a question between Hill and Lind right? I guess you could say EE to a certain extent, maybe even Rzep, but the expectations weren’t the same for anyone else compared to Hill and Lind. I guess I already answered this one above, but I think Hill bounces back. Granted I think Lind does better too. Back in the summer of 2006 I was at the Jays game where Lind was honoured along with two other minor league players for their seasons in their respective leagues (Lind was playing with the Jays at the time). I remember leaning over to my then fiance and saying I like that kid, his swing is great and he gonna be good. So it has been an ongoing joke in my household whenever Lind gets a hit or a HR or anything really and my wife sees who it is, she looks over at me and we both say "I like that kid".... ok maybe its one of those have to be there moments, but it always cracks me up.
Tom: The trouble is there are only two guys that really had a bad year and are still with the team. I think Hill will have a better season too, mostly because I can’t see him getting much worse. Jesse Litsch could be in there I guess.
Tom: I think we need another bat. At best we are stretched pretty thin at the moment. As is stands Lind plays first, EE DHes, Bautista plays third and Davis LF every day. If one of them were to get injured or if Davis or Edwin or Lind don’t produce, I don’t know who would fill hole. Do we really want to see McDonald playing everyday if someone gets hurt? I still would have liked to have seen them sign Manny, at least then we could have a fall back if someone were to get hurt.
masterkembo: We’re probably short a bat here - I figure EE is worth about 1.5WAR as a full-time DH, which isn’t terrible, but probably isn’t good enough. Thome would probably be a good pick, but not for what he’s going to cost since he’s probably due for a big regression. There’s not really a whole lot of intriguing options left at this point. How about Albert Pujols for 2012...? I can dream, right?
Tom: So what do you all think would happen if one of the outfielders or corner infielders were to get hurt?
JohnnyG: Kevin Millar coming out of retirement? Likely would be either a young prospect kid getting a chance or a career minor league plugging a hole.