What I would do
Is there anything less productive yet more fun than creating wildly unrealistic scenarios where we get to manage the rosters of our favorite teams? The enjoyment-to-usefulness ratio is off the charts. They’re generally a gigantic waste of time, but there’s something oddly interesting about creating trade proposals and reshaping the team in our own image.
So, since everyone is angry today and wants to make wholesale changes anyway, what better day for a useless diversion thread where you can put all your crazy ideas and not have them deleted for being off topic?
So, welcome to the 2006 What I Would Do thread. Bill Bavasi calls you up tomorrow, hands you the reins of the team, and tells you to knock yourself out. What do you do? My ideas after the jump.
Dave’s Crazy Ideas For Improving The Roster
1. Fire Mike Hargrove. Install Dan Rohn as manager through the end of the season. Have meeting with Rohn, explain organizational philosophies, and make sure we’re on the same page. Explicitly go over the awfulness of sacrifice bunting with good hitters, and have him repeal the ridiculous aggressive baserunning philosophy the M’s have been using to run themselves out of innings all year.
2. Designate Carl Everett, Eddie Guardado, and Julio Mateo for assignment. Everett’s useless, so that one is self explanatory. Mateo, you’re hoping someone bites on his not-expensive contract for next year and claims him on waivers. Because he’s done as a major league pitcher, and the M’s will be better off if they aren’t trying to get him to reclaim his old glory. Guardado, you’re just giving a chance for another team to pick him up if they’re interested. Since he’s not going to get many innings here while I’m running the team, I try to do him the favor of finding him another job somewhere else.
3. Remove Joel Pineiro from the starting rotation. The fifth starter isn’t needed for a while, and he hasn’t pitched well enough to keep his job.
4. Trade Ryan Feierabend, Wladmir Balentien, and Justin Thomas to the Cubs for LHP Rich Hill and RHP Scott Williamson. The Cubs have never given Hill a real shot, and his minor league numbers demand that he’s given a look in the show. Only 25, he’d be a perfect experiment at the end of the rotation, and a good fit for Safeco Field. Williamson adds another power arm to the end of the bullpen.
5. Option Rene Rivera to Tacoma, recall Guillermo Quiroz. Quiroz is better, and his bat could actually help the M’s win games.
6. Recall Doyle from Tacoma and make him the DH vs right handed pitchers. Recall Yung-Chi Chen from San Antonio. He gives the bench needed versatility and allows the team to get away from having 12 pitchers and actually use the reserves in a strategical manner. He’s not a great prospect, so stalling his development isn’t a huge concern. He’ll be a role player in his prime, and having him fill a role now can help the team.
7. Have a meeting with Ichiro, explaining how the team needs him in center field, and asking him to try it for the rest of the 2006 season. If he hates it and feels it effects his focus, he can move back to RF in 2007, no questions asked, and he’ll never be asked to move to center again.
1. Ichiro, CF
2. Doyle, DH
3. Beltre, 3B
4. Ibanez, LF
5. Sexson, 1B
6. Lopez, 2B
7. Johjima, C
8. Choo, RF
9. Betancourt, SS
Quiroz, Bloomquist, Perez, Petagine, and Chen off the bench.
Pitching staff has Felix-Moyer-Meche-Washburn-Hill in the rotation, with Putz-Soriano-Sherrill-Williamson-Woods-Pineiro in the bullpen.
That’s my team. Let’s hear yours.