Yeah, We Need Some Offense

But not nearly as much as some people seem to think. Several of this team’s biggest problems are bound to work themselves out. Chone Figgins isn’t going to hit .198 all year. Jose Lopez isn’t going to hit .214 all year. And while Chone Figgins and his low contact rates are a little bit disconcerting, a month into the season, there still isn’t any reason to believe that either of these hitters are going to suck all year. Yes, they are sucking, but both of them, and to a point, the entire team, have also had their fare share of bad luck. The team has a BABIP of .276 and a HR/FB% is 3.5. They just aren’t going to keep hitting this badly.

Don’t misunderstand this and think I’m saying that this team does not need to make any offensive changes, because that could not be further from the truth. While guys like Figgins and Lopez are good players that are going to start hitting, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney aren’t. If you want to point the finger at anyone for the way this offense has been performing, look at the most obvious problem on the team, and point it at the people that are allowing it to happen. If we were getting even league average production out of the DH spot, this team’s record might look a whole lot different.

Yet Mike Sweeney is still on the roster, and Don Wakamatsu continues to start Griffey and place him in the heart of the order. Yeah, the fact that Chone Figgins and Jose Lopez haven’t been producing has certainly had an impact, but they aren’t going anywhere, and they still have some healthy regression coming their way. The way they’ve been hitting, though, has fueled the idea that this team needs to add a giant bat to have any chance at contending, when that just isn’t true.

So stop talking about Prince Fielder, stop talking about Adrian Gonzalez. Those are pipe dreams. This team doesn’t need a 6 win bat to contend in the AL West – all they need to do is fix the roster, and bring in a competent DH.

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  • Zach

    Why not sign Jermaine dye? Isn’t he still available

  • Griffin Cooper

    He wants a multi million dollar deal and he thinks he can still play the field. Has stated that he isn’t willing to only DH. It’s not going to happen.

  • greg segai

    OK; so who is an available, realistic DH option? I continue seeing the same big name, players. Seattle might find an improvement, but we can’t expect a superstar. The farm system is thin, at best; and we’ve tried trading our future in packages. It hasn’t worked out real well. If the current DH guys get a D/D-; who are the upgrade, C/C+ options?

    • Griffin Cooper

      Guys like Lance Berkman, Luke Scott, Alex Gordon, and Josh Willingham all still make a lot of sense. But a lot of the time these moves just come out of nowhere. They’re tough to predict.

  • Michael Engel

    Hey, it’s Michael from here getting some input from M’s fans.

    I’m sure you’ve seen on mlbtraderumors that there’s a small bit of Jose Guillen buzz. As M’s fans, what’s your take on Jose? I’m surely not going to be as familiar with your farm prospects but what would be your max price for Guillen? I’d imagine KC would probably eat up to 10 of the 12 million he’s owed in his last year if the return was right. He’s been slugging a lot better in the DH role this year and still has a good arm, though his range is worse than a redwood at this point.

    And just an aside, if Dayton Moore traded Alex Gordon at this point, he wouldn’t even survive getting chased out of town. They’d skewer him alive – granted the luster is off Gordon at this point, but he can still be an above average big leaguer once he gets the hole in his swing fixed, but he wouldn’t command the proper return right now.

    Another name you may be interested (though not much for power): David DeJesus – 4.5 million this year, 6 million option for next year. The quintessential balanced consistent player, he won’t do anything spectacular, but he rarely slumps and won’t hurt you anywhere.

    • Griffin Cooper

      I’m struggling a little bit with forming an opinion on the whole Jose Guillen thing. He’d certainly be an offensive improvement, but I also really hate the idea of he and Milton Bradley being in the same clubhouse. Honestly, if it happened, I’d probably be pretty much indifferent.

      As for Gordon, you’re probably right – but Dayton Moore is an idiot, so you never know.

      I like Dejesus, and I’d be all for the Mariners acquiring him, provided it means Bradley is confined to DH’ing and Griffey/Sweeney see less time. He’s a nice little player.