Remaking the team, 2005 edition
Tomorrow’s game could be just as weird as Saturday’s. It’s interesting to look at how unsettled things are. It’s like spring training as we head into August.
What do we have so far, then?
C: Wiki and Torrealba or Ojeda take over, the other reporting to Tacoma, to be joined by Borders, who gets to hang out at home for a while yet before he has to report to Tacoma (or somewhere else, who knows).
1b: No change
2b: Betancourt’s a defensive whiz of a shorstop playing second, while the heir-apparant to the position is back in Tacoma after (again) failing to hit in the majors in another trail, however short.
SS: Morse is still offering decent defense and hitting for a shortstop, but Betancourt’s already pressing for a job, Bloomquist’s squeezing a couple of positions for playing time, and meanwhile the system’s got another batch of middle infielders coming up.
3B: No change
LF: Doyle’s the obvious choice here. He was sent down on July 26th, though, which means unless someone goes on the DL with some random ailment (which may well happen), he can’t get called up until the end of next week. This may offer the team a chance to play Bloomquist the Ignitor a lot of playing time.
CF: No change, though if Bloomquist’s in left regularly Reed would get to play in those games as well.
RF: No change.
In the meantime, no pitching changes — Foppert heads to Tacoma, replacing King Felix on his promotion. Natanael Mateo’s unlikely to join the bullpen immediately.
But if more trades are in the works, as seems likely, some of this straightens itself out: if Morse is sent somewhere, for instance, Betancourt’s a born shortstop. Catching may sort itself out differently. The bullpen seems likely to be blown up, which could bring up George Sherill, who has deserved a shot at a regular job more than some of these guys.
Going to be a wacky day tomorrow.