This lineup is far better than we've seen the last few years:
Dustin Ackley - 2B
Kyle Seager - 3B
Kendrys Morales - 1B
Mike Morse - LF
Jesus Montero - C
Raul Ibanez / Carlos Peguero DH
Michael Saunders - CF
Jason Bay / Eric Thames - RF
Brendan Ryan - SS
New Backup Catcher
Two of: Liddi/Thames/Peguero/Wells/Gutierrez
I guess it is all how you look at it. The mantra for the last few years was defense and pitching. I see at least 3 poor defensive players in LF, RF and catching
I also see an older team that bases a lot of hope on getting older players back to " good years numbers".
After the age of 28 , it is exceedingly rare for players to put up numbers that were as good as prior years without chemical enhancement. Where is the clear youth movement ?
I don't compare the team to itself in prior years. I compare it to its divisional competition as that is the real competition.
What I see is a rudderless ship yet again. 5 years ago it was "small ball" then "the kids" what is it now ?
I would much rather have seen them implement some of the PC thinking. if a Minor league player can't hack it when called up and a year or so in the Majors, trade them for another.
Sam Byrd one of the old time players for the Yankees used to say that you have to look for players that are young and stay around for more than a cup of coffee.
His point I think was to build a team in baseball you need young consistent players that show when they are in the majors, they will improve as time goes on like Russell Wilson.
This bunch I don't see anyone, so I would shuffle the deck again if I was making the call and wanted to build young and add young but expensive vets where needed
The trade is for a player you had already evaluated and said Next! IMO that is a large part of the Fan frustration