2009- the solutions
The best thing so far about this team have been Lilly, DLee and the energy of the kids from Iowa.
I would play Fuld every day in center and let him lead off until he fails at the expense of Fukodome. With Fukodome, we know what we have. A .255- .260 hitter, good outfielder, grossly overpaid. Fuld brings good defense, great energy and hunger. I have long maintained the reason the Cubs failed post -Bartman season was that Hendry decided to let Kenny Lofton go and let Patterson play center. Lofton was a spark. He should have been retained as a leadoff hitter and catalyst.
Fuld has shown so far he can be that catalyst. Let him play. Fukodome can get some ABs in place of Soriano and Bradley once in awhile. Reed Johnson has not been hitting this year. Fuld gives us a leadoff hitter.
Sign BJ Ryan, ,move Marshall to the rotation until Dempster returns. Marshall is solid in any role. Ryan is cheap and hopefully can get the lefties out.
Platoon Fox and Hill until you are sure Fox can defend well enough to not cost you runs (hopefully we can determine this quickly) until Soto returns. Let Fox play. He is hungry and enthusiastic. He can hit.
Release Baker immediately. What does he have to offer that Ryan Freel didnt? I would rather play Blanco. Blanco is hungry can run and can field. If he cant hit enough, you still have Fontenot.
Watch that waiver wire and if you can dump salary for salary for Freddy Sanchez, do it. I am not sold on Fontenot at 2b. I would rather play Blanco. If another good reliever comes available for cheap, look for that option.
What I dont want to see is any more of what has been failing all season, hoping it will suddenly not fail. We are what we are. Maybe Bradley and Soriano start hitting again. Maybe they dont. But we wont win the division relying on Fukodome, Fontenot and Hill while we wait for Dempster and Soto.
I want to see the enthusiasm and hunger of these Iowa kids lift this ballclub to places the overpaid veterans have not.