Matt P wrote:They probably aren't going to be competitive next season either way so I would just play next season with what they have. A final audition of sorts for Andino, Reynolds, Reimold, Davis, Matusz, Arrieta, Britton, Tillman, and Hunter.
OK. Let's say that half of those players prove to be nuggets. How do Fielder and a "true #1 pitcher" (that won't be available on the market) fill the rest
of those holes?
After next season depending on who pans out some of those problems are fixed or close to being fixed.
2B - I think with another full season of starting Andino will only improve. Even if he stays the same he would be alright batting 9th in the lineup every night as long as he improves his defense at 2B (which is already alright). Schoop will be a year closer after next season and Andino would be a bridge to him.
3B - Reynolds needs to improve his defense, no doubt about it. If he improves his defense and his offense stays around the same you look at possibly extending him for another 3 or 4 years. If he doesn't bounce back next season you say goodbye. Machado will be a year closer to the majors and only one man can start at SS when Machado is ready. He or JJ can move to 3B if Reynolds fails or leaves the organization.
LF - It's time to give Reimold a full season and see what he can do. If he fails there are always OF available.
SP - #1 FA starter, Guthrie, and then you have 3 spots available for Arrieta/Britton/Matusz/Hunter/Tillman with the Bundy brothers waiting in the minors. For the pitchers that don't land a starting spot you move them to the bullpen. That solves your bullpen problem as well.