The way I look at the hopeless task of predicting our fearless leader's next move is to first catagorize our needs by priority. My first realization is that one of our two positions of need will have to be filled by a rookie in 2005. Either right field or reliever/setup will be occupied by Swish or Street respectively. It is my opinion that neither is totally ready for a full season in such a prominent position in such a good division for us. Both guys have their strengths, both have weaknesses, but I definitley believe that one of these guys needs to step up next year.
Lets run through a few random possibilities. First of all, Beane trades for a right fielder named Kearns or Payton (probably the least likely according to the latest news), and Street gets the bullpen job out or spring training. Will Street succeed? Does he need more seasoning? As an adition to this option hatte could be traded and Swish could play 1st. But i think this is unlikely.
The next viable option is for Beane to acquire a solid pen arm. I believe (from a purely speculative and definitley NON-fiscal perspective), that this is the best way to inmprove our team. If BB keeps Durazo, we'll have a solid lineup with Kotsay Kendall Chavez Durazo Brynes Swish Crosby Hatte/Johnson Ellis. Imagine what a JC Romero or G. Mota could do to the bullpen. It would take pressure off of Dotel (who we will assumed is signed), as well as Street and later Garcia. Who are some other options here?
I'm writing at 2 in the morning, so forgive any gramatical errors.