I think the most encouraging thing about the state of our franchise is how we resemble SF. Ballpark, climate, market and philosophy. Like SF our greatest strength is in pitching and defense with top of the line SP specs on the way. However, if we want to make the playoffs we need to be at least middle of the pack in offensive production which we are far from(while maintaining top 1/3 pitching and defense).
Below are different strategies that I see.
1. splurge in FA
pros- instant fix(s), keep and develop young talent.
cons- could make a bad investment, hinder us in FA in future years.
2. trade pitching for hitting
pros- keep $ to play FA in future maybe more frutiful years, find a more suitable asset via trade than possibly reaching in FA.
cons- compromise having a top young staff, could have to put $ in SP now or in future.
3. Be conservative (think complementary pieces in FA/trade market)
pros- hold on to top assets, have $ for future FA, find a diamond in the rough, keep faith in young players
cons- lack of offseason excitement after another last place hurts tix sales, keeps pressure on young (struggling) hitters, low expectations in 2013.
4. Franchise facelift (think trading felix, which may make sense if hes not extended, or ackley/seager/ zunino/ montero. replace half or more of lineup through multiple moves).
pros- purge an awful lineup become talked about team again, find lightening in a bottle.
cons- give up on sustainable success plan.
I know we have talked about alot of ideas and names for the offseason. Bottomline is we need to improve offense, would like to know your attitude more or less in addressing this.