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#1 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:22 AM

...just an outside-of-the-box idea I just had:

 

With the market shriveled up for Stephen Drew, how much incentive (draft pick attached) is there for the Cubs to strike while the iron is hot to extract value? If we bite the bullet, sign him for say, $7.5M AAV and lose our 2nd round pick, we'd be doing other teams a favor (especially the Red Sox) if we intended to sign-and-flip him. Stephen Drew is defensively comparable to Starlin Castro at SS, but published projections seem to think that he'll regress and had peaked last year with a 3.4 WAR .

 

If we setup an infield platoon of:

vs. RHP

3B Valbuena (L)

SS Drew (L)

2B Castro

1B Rizzo (L)

vs. LHP

3B Olt

SS Castro

2B Barney

1B Rizzo (L)

it would reinstate value to Drew, still give at bats to Olt if he does not win the job outright at Spring Training, and maximize Darwin Barney's offensive output at 2B (Castro has pretty good defensive numbers in the 20 minor league games he's played at 2B). wRC+ for Barney vs. LHP is 86, while Drew's is 74. Barney vs. RHP is 62, while Drew's is 105. Drew's clutch stats were very good last year, if you put any stock into those kind of stats. Casto's career wRC+ vs RHP is 89 and 107 vs. LHP, by the way.

 

When Baez and Bryant are ready to come up, we can bundle Drew and/or Schierholtz with Samardzija to any team before the trade deadline digging deep into someone's farm system, overspend in 2015 on free agent pitching, and hopefully turn up a few surprises in the process.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

If Castro gets moved off SS, I see him going to the OF.






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