Cubswin11 wrote:Hairyducked Idiot wrote:We're possibly the best team in the NL on paper right now. Everything is a "nice to have."
If the season started tomorrow our CF options (Baez and Szczur are pretty much it) have a combined -.6 fWAR for their careers, with one of them never having actually played the position. I think a CF is more than a nice to have at this point.
They're both a 'need'. You're very likely going to need 20+ starts outside your top 5 SP, if things aren't optimal then it might be closer to 40-45 starts. Richard and Johnson are not acceptable to handle those starts in any quantity other than 1 or 2. Wood I can be talked into as an option but 1) the team already voted with their innings in letting Richard start over him last year and 2) I'm unconvinced Wood's salary makes it to opening day. The front office has done a good job of doing what's possible to hedge against injury risk(most of their significant FA targets have been no accident in this regard: Jackson, Sanchez, Lester, Samardzija, Lackey, etc), but last year was fortunate even with an intentional effort from Theo on down to Joe. You can't be content with 5 MLB-caliber starters when you have pretty much nothing waiting in the wings to soak up innings in case of injury/ineffectiveness.