That seems awkwardly written. They want a 1B and 2 OFs, even after signing Gomes?
Seems weird, for sure.
I view that as they're unwilling to close the door on Ross until Swisher is signed, because if they lose out on Swisher and aren't willing to really play in Hamilton's market the next best option for RF probably is a Cody Ross/Ryan Kalish platoon.
The goal at this point is clearly to get Napoli and Swisher on 3-4 year deals. Napoli plays 1B for two seasons, then moves to DH. Swisher plays RF for two seasons, then moves to 1B. If Lavarnway fails to pain out at C then Napoli plays there as well, with Swisher taking more time at 1B and freeing up more RF time for Kalish, making LF more of a Nava/Gomes split.
It makes a lot of sense in terms of organizational flexability and locking in Napoli for two years and Swisher for two after that at 1B doesn't really block anyone. If Travis Shaw explodes next season and hits AA like he hit high A last year then maybe this is an issue by the time Swisher is moving to 1B, but then we always have LF for someone like Swisher to play his last two years in if he loses range defensively. That avenue will be open unless two of Kalish, Brentz, and Bradley pan out AND we still have Ellsbury around, or all pan out and Ells leaves.
Its a worthwhile plan to get the kind of bats they need at 1B and RF without committing to stupid long deals beyond the window offered by Lester/Buchholz as our top pitchers. If Lester doesn't bounce back and Buch doesn't stay healthy this team isn't likely to be real competitive for the next two or three seasons anyway, we just won't have the pitching.
Edited by Drek717, 28 November 2012 - 10:42 AM.