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Why Not LaHair?
Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:16 PM
Yes I understand that he is considered old for a prospect at 29. Yes I know that he's average at best defensively. And yes many people much smarter than I am, in the organization, seem to think he's not the solution, long term. But let's consider a few things.
1. His last 3 years in the minors:
2009 - .289/26/85
2010 - .308/25/81
2011 - .331/38/109
All those numbers with around 450 AB's each of those 3 years.
2. He is 29, which isn't exactly ancient.
3. He'd be cheap as our starting 1B.
4. Several publications have him in the top 3-5 of 1B prospects.. right up there with Alonso & Rizzo.
5. He hit well after his call up last year,
So why not? Why not pass on Fielder, and not have to give up prospects for RIzzo? We could perhaps get a cheap 1B next year that hits 20-25hrs and probably posts a higher batting average than Pena did last year.
I'm not saying to just give the job to him, but I'm not understanding why it seems like such a long shot.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:57 PM
Even though I don't necessarily agree that the state of the Cubs farm system is as bad as some make it out to be at present, it's getting better. Why risk giving some of the better parts of that system away for a player that as far as I can tell hasn't proven a whole lot more than laHair has.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:54 PM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:03 PM
Our system isn't the worst but it is far from the best.
I keep hearing how bad the system is.. think about this, we just had the minor league player of the year in LaHair. We have a top 3 OF prospect in Brett Jackson, we just had possibly our best draft in 20 years, and just recently brought up a guy who could be terrific in Castro. Our system hasn't been as bad as advertised, it just lacks depth. And with a couple more moves and one more solid draft, we could have it!
And we lack pitching depth pretty bad.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:58 PM
Posted 30 December 2011 - 04:01 AM
Posted 30 December 2011 - 05:39 AM
Posted 30 December 2011 - 05:57 AM
I'd be OK with giving him a shot.
Posted 30 December 2011 - 08:37 AM
That's exactly what I hope happens at this point.
Why not Get Rizzo and have LaHair start the season at 1B and start Rizzo at AAA.
Or any 1b prospect. If we don't get Fielder on a 5 year deal then the only option I see (unless we get Morales) is getting a 1b prospect and see what LaHair is about. If he absolutely mashes and you want to call up that prospect then LaHair gets to be our starting LF.
LaHair being Opening Day 1b will not be the thing that keeps us from winning the Central this year.
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