OriolesRedskins28 wrote:having this joke of a defense behind them puts a lot of pressure on the pitchers and forces them to make extra outs.
That's why I think we should focus our trade efforts on improving the defense at 3B (and 2B if the team does not think that Roberts will be back at an ML level). I still think our best trade chip is Hammel but the FO may want to hold on to him because he would be very hard to replace this season and they probably want to at least win 82 games.
Our second best trade chip is Jim Johnson and he's replaceable this year. There are a lot of teams that would give us two top prospects for him and you could flip one of those and a second piece (Bridwell, Hoes?) to San Diego for Headley. That would shore up 3B. When Nick comes back RF will take care of itself and IMO Flaherty will hit at least as well as Andino at 2B with a much better glove. Avery is a solid defender in LF which leaves Davis at 1B. BIG room for improvement there but that might have to wait until the Winter to resolve itself.
Sure, Losing JJ will cost us some wins but a solid defense might get those back and a few more.