Since we've got some fellas in the last two drafts that could not only conceivably be in the opening day lineup, but also starters, guessing what the team will look like in two year is less of a crapshoot than it used to be. Here's my crack at it.
Starters (positions, not batting order)
- C: Posey
- 1B: Villalona
- 2B: Burris
- SS: Furcal
- 3B: Gillaspie
- LF: Lewis
- CF: Rowand
- RF: Schierholz
Looks like a lot of infielders on the bench, but I see Velez being more of a 5th OF. I also don't know whether three lefties in the pen makes sense, but Taschner is good at getting righties out, so I said what the hell.
I know, it's not all that creative, but it does appear that we have potential solutions everywhere. Even if you don't sign Furcal, a middle infield of Burris and Noonan looks viable.
So this leaves guys like Correia, Misch, Chulk and Yabu with no room on the roster. Of those guys, Correia is the one that would be hardest to let go. If it were my team, I'd keep him and try to move Zito no matter how much contract I had to eat.
OK, there you have my prediction. Feel free to make your own or simply criticize mine.
One more thing: I just got back from three days in NYC. We saw "Spamalot", which was brilliant/hilarious and very deserving of the Tony it won two years ago. The "Tim the Enchanter" scene was good, but the fire out of his staff had nothing on our Tim's FBs.