Updated Take On Kotchman Deal
It’s funny how something as seemingly small as Bill Hall’s inclusion into the Casey Kotchman deal can change things. As noted below, I wasn’t a huge fan of acquiring Kotchman to be the everyday first baseman if that was the last piece the M’s would be adding. If Hall was still around, then you’d have your 13 position players, and that would be that. But with Kotchman essentially swapping places with Hall on the roster, it changes the dynamic somewhat.
With Kotchman replacing Hall, first base closes off for potential acquisitions. But, LF opens up a bit. Prior to this deal, I had outlined why we should expect some kind of Langerhans/Hall/Bradley platoon in left. Hall was likely to be the guy playing LF against lefties. That spot is now open, as there’s really no one on the roster currently to replace him.
So, it seems likely that the final roster spot will be given to an outfielder, replacing Hall on the roster, and probably eating into some of the at-bats that would have been given to Langerhans in the old setup. This would make the new guy a more regular player, probably in line for 400 to 500 AB, shifting Langerhans to a 4th OF role and keeping Bradley as more of a DH than an LF.
Until we know who that guy is, we can’t really evaluate the Kotchman deal. It’s a setup for another move, shifting the need from 1B to LF. I’d imagine the M’s already know who is going to fill that spot, though, and they decided they’d rather have that guy than any of the available first basemen at the current asking prices.