What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I got to thinking about the signing of Adrian Beltre, once the giddiness of signing a true impact player like Beltre wore off I got to thinking about what this means for guys like Mike Olt, Cristian Villanueva and even Tommy Mendonca.
The signing is a little curious, in that 3rd base is now one of the most stocked positions in our farm system.
Olt and Mendonca are already in their early 20's so if they are going to be MLB level players they would need to make a jump in the next 2 years. Since Beltre is signed for at least 5 years, they're not going to have an opportunity to get playing time, unless Beltre degrades at unprecedented rates defensively and has to be moved to DH, or they switch positions.
It seems that we created a logjam for some of our better prospects for an immediate improvement at 3rd.
3 years ago we were the envy of most teams because if our catching propects, and then our first base prospects, given how both those situations worked out this might be better for the team, however we now face the task of figuring out what to do with guys like Olt and Villanueva.
Perhaps, Olt can make the switch to first, and become the mashing first baseman Davis and Smoak were supposed to be, we'll have to see....
Move them to catcher. Your thoughts Joe? I'll take a big helping of that.
Mendonca has become more or less a non-prospect.
Olt was drafted just last year and is probably 3 years away.
Villanueva is even younger.
It's not a stocked position. There are 3 stocked positions in the system. CF (Borbon, Beltre, Skole), SS (Andrus, Profar, Sardinas), and pitcher (too many to list).
By the way, Jerry bob (jdb), you've gone from annoying to comical, just so you know.
how is Borbon still a prospect? At best he'll be an Endy Chavez type, with a below average arm, who doesn't take walks. I'd rather see E Beltre playing CF in Sept than Borbon.
You might be right about Olt being a few years away, but he and Skole were both drafted last year and Skole is 19 and missed his entire senior year of high school ball. We wont see Skole for four years at best.
Mendonca isnt really a prospect Olt should be included in a pacage for an ace and keep Villanueva if all goes right he should be the starting 3B when Beltre moves to DH
If one of Olt or Villanueva show they will be very good third baseman in a few years, trade Beltre. If your happy with Beltre after 3 years, trade Olt or Villanueva for Cliff Lee. I mean David Price or Felix Hernandez or available ace to get us to the World Series.
There is also another stocked position--amateur GMs who don't know a thing about baseball. lfloyd, scoob, joe etc.
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