I see a variety of remaining 1B options:
1) Sign Derek Lee or Adam LaRoche. I'd be fine with either of them as long as the contract is for no more than one year (maybe with an option). This is the simplest; it also leaves open the possibility of going after Pujols, Fielder, or Gonzalez (if he doesn't extend) next offseason.
2) Sign a DH and play Scott at 1B. Also, as long as it's a cheap one-year deal for Ordonez, Thome, Vlad, etc, seems fine to me.
3) Play Scott at 1B and do nothing else. We'd be playing someone like Reimold as our primary DH. I like this less than the preceding two options, but I wouldn't be devastated.
4) Trade for a low-cost, blocked minor leaguer. Mark Hamilton from the Cardinals is my choice, but there are plenty of Rhyne Hughes-esque 25 year olds at AAA who might be able to play a decent 1B.
5) Trade for Mike Napoli. This is my personal favorite. Napoli does not seem to be popular with the Angels, who don't like his defense as a catcher. We could use him as a better, younger, cheaper Victor Martinez - plays 1B for 100 games, plays C on Weiters' off days (say 40 games), DHs the rest of the time. He hits lefties very well. The downside of course is the cost in trade. I haven't been able to get a handle on what the Angels might want: would a deal based around (Pie or Reimold) and Bell work? Maybe Pie, Bell, Vandenhurk, and Wynn Pelzer?
Edit: Another possibility would be Jeremy Guthrie for Mike Napoli. I'm not real enthusiastic (I'd prefer to keep Guthrie as a rotation stabilizer and trade spare parts for Napoli if possible), but they're very similar in value. Both FAs after 2012, both have similar costs. Could work.
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on December 11th, 2010, 5:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.