Honestly? I can do without Mr. awkward antennae manning right field at McCovey Cove. If the options for the trade deadline are to get rid of Nate + prospects for Pence or some other random right handed almost hitter then I can do without. Nate has had some clutch at bats (as exampled TWICE in last night's game) and deserves to be off of Bochy's sh!t list.
Do we have holes in the lineup? Yes. Are there good external options if management isn't willing to take on payroll? No. My preference? Get Jose Bautista from Toronto. If you're going to trade prospects then get something for them. I imagine Wheeler + Brown + Joseph + ? might get Bautista but we don't have a Wheeler. Whatever it would take to get Bautista though is beside the point. The point is, if you're going to add to the club house and line-up then you damn well should get quality not give it up.
While I'm ranting, I like Belt. Scratch that, I love Belt. I'm glad that he's getting an opportunity to learn on the job. If we retain him (which I hope to hell we will) then I think this season will be a springboard forward for him in his career. Are there really that many 7-hole guys out-shining Belt at the moment? I have culled through the stats but I'd wager he's in the top 10 in comparison to other guys regularly hitting in the 7-hole. Sure, I'd love him to hit second (because he'd actually score runs) or I'd love him to break out and force Bochy to hit him in the middle of the line-up but it's his first full big league season. I'm ok with him hitting seventh and being mildly productive much like Atlanta did with Heyward in 2010 (NOT comparing Heyward's production or pedigree to Belt's).
So go ahead Dodgers, spend until you get to purgatory. Money doesn't grow on trees and while you may think you're playing the role of the United States in a Cold War type arms' race, you're ill-equipped. You still don't have the starting rotation no matter how many Victorinos you acquire.
Who's coming with me? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?