QUOTE(soxfaninpa @ Aug 1, 2007 -> 10:04 PM)
If the talent on the major league team disgusts you, you should see our hitters at charlotte. I got to see them play a couple of games here against scranton when erstad and pods were there together. Has anyone seen their backup catcher Ryan Smith's career numbers? We really need some talent close to the majors and we have crap for position players anywhere higher than winston-salem. I'm in awe of all the pitching that this team constantly drafts and acquires via trades while completely ignoring trying to get an impact hitter. Paul Konerko and Jim Thome aren't getting any younger, and JD is not a long term solution.
Which is why this upcoming offseason is incredibly important for the direction of this franchise. Yesterday's trading deadline was not a good start. We're not competing against divisional opponents with Single A pitching prospects.
Before April of 2008, Williams needs to trade several players with value -- and every prospect and/or positional player received needs to benefit this ballclub. I'm sorry for anyone who believes this is unreasonable, but that's the corner this team has back itself into.
We're void of cheap positional players, and several key components -- such as Thome, Pierzynski, Garland -- won't be here for too much longer. Replacements will be needed eventually, and I'm not exactly confident we'll produce these replacements (aside from SP).