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Lip Man 1
10-07-2009, 01:34 AM
2nd part of Ozzie's interview with Chuck Garfein aired tonight on Comcast-Chicago. Here's the highlights:

*Was asked if the Sox can only do one thing this off season internally what does he tell Kenny? Ozzie said "sign Kotsay!" Then explained that he and Kenny talk about the team almost every day, that Kenny knows what Ozzie wants and what team needs. Said they've talked about what the team will look like in 2014!

*Was then asked if he could tell Kenny the one thing the Sox need from outside the organization what would it be? Ozzie said if they sign Podsednik they are good to go. If not, they need a leadoff hitter with speed. Said he'd love to have Figgins but 30 teams are going to want him.

*Confirmed all coaches will return. Said people have to remember he's fired three coaches, three friends, since he's been manager because they didn't work hard. He said this staff works hard, don't blame them for what happened.

*Said he had issues with Ramirez but saw him get better. Said he was the 3rd best shortstop in the league. Said Andrus of Texas and Aybar of the Angels are better.

*Said the MVP of the team this year was was D.J. Carrasco because he helped the team the most.

Lip

DrCrawdad
10-07-2009, 01:37 AM
2nd part of Ozzie's interview with Chuck Garfein aired tonight on Comcast-Chicago. Here's the highlights:

*Was asked if the Sox can only do one thing this off season internally what does he tell Kenny? Ozzie said "sign Kotsay!" Then explained that he and Kenny talk about the team almost every day, that Kenny knows what Ozzie wants and what team needs. Said they've talked about what the team will look like in 2014!

*Was then asked if he could tell Kenny the one thing the Sox need from outside the organization what would it be? Ozzie said if they sign Podsednik they are good to go. If not, they need a leadoff hitter with speed. Said he'd love to have Figgins but 30 teams are going to want him.

*Confirmed all coaches will return. Said people have to remember he's fired three coaches, three friends, since he's been manager because they didn't work hard. He said this staff works hard, don't blame them for what happened.

*Said he had issues with Ramirez but saw him get better. Said he was the 3rd best shortstop in the league. Said Andrus of Texas and Aybar of the Angels are better.

*Said the MVP of the team this was was D.J. Carrasco because he helped the team the most.

Lip

I largely agree with that. I'd add though that the BP needs to addressed.

pudge
10-07-2009, 02:35 AM
I really do think Ozzie gets it. My only wish is that they would dump the sacrifice bunt in this organization if they don't have the players to execute. If Ozzie would abandon the sac bunt, I could stomach watching a few more Sox games every year.

spawn
10-07-2009, 07:28 AM
Where is part I of the interview?:dunno:

hawkjt
10-07-2009, 08:43 AM
Ozzie lives in the real world,clearly,unlike some fans and media who seem to think the Sox will even be in the running for Figgins. Ozzie understands the value of Pods this year, and the huge hole at the top of the lineup if the Sox do not bring him back.
Kotsay is also worth retaining.
Ozzie does get it.
As does Kenny.

Marqhead
10-07-2009, 08:48 AM
My only gripe with Ozzie over the years has been lineup tinkering. I think he does everything else pretty well and definitely knows the game.

I like most of his comments here, but still think the Sox need a big bat in the middle of the order.

asindc
10-07-2009, 08:59 AM
I'm glad to hear that Ozzie thinks re-signing Kotsay is a priority. I think he could be the super-utility guy that he have been lacking in the past few years. He has a good bat, and plays the field well. Get it done, KW!

Tragg
10-07-2009, 11:19 AM
I don't think Ozzie gets it.
HIs zeal to sign Kotsay signals to me that Ozzie sees him as a regular.
"good to go" if we sign Podsednik - where's he going to play? You can't possibly clown around with him at DH. Where's his speed? What about the D - plan on putting him in CF and Rios in right? That give us poor CF defense and CF offense (at best) in a corner OF position. Or Kotsay on a regular basis out there?

Ramirez is the 3rd to best SS in the league - then why was our D so poor? Beckham and Getz/Nix that bad?

Essentially Ozzie wants status quo offensively (minus Thome) and defensively, from an offensively and defensively poor team. I don't think he gets it at all.

hawkjt
10-07-2009, 11:28 AM
I don't think Ozzie gets it.
HIs zeal to sign Kotsay signals to me that Ozzie sees him as a regular.
"good to go" if we sign Podsednik - where's he going to play? You can't possibly clown around with him at DH. Where's his speed?

Ramirez is the 3rd to best SS in the league - then why was our D so poor? Beckham and Getz/Nix that bad?

Essentially Ozzie wants status quo offensively and defensively, from an offensively and defensively poor team. I don't think he gets it at all.

Ozzie wants Kotsay to play the same role.
He wants Pods in a rotation of Carlos/Kotsay/Abreu? to handle the corner outfield and dh spots. The Yanks have done this well over the years..Swisher in right? No way...oh wait, yes.
Speed? Pods had 30 stolen bags in 5 months.
Alexei cleaned up his errors over the last couple of months...just like Beckham...over the last two months the infield defense was decent.

Have you seen the list of F/A's? Ozzie and Kenny have, hence their comments. Add one good bat,and a bullpen arm,and this team wins the Central next year.

Rockabilly
10-07-2009, 11:32 AM
I have to disagree with Ozzie. Alexei is not the 3rd best SS in the league. I would have a few more players ahead of him.

IMO Jeter is the best SS in the league

Waysouthsider
10-07-2009, 11:34 AM
I agree with all of this, but what about the pen? I don't think Oz pays enough attention to the pitchers. Although I agree that DJ was a stud!


No word on Jenks, eh?

spawn
10-07-2009, 11:36 AM
Ramirez is the 3rd to best SS in the league - then why was our D so poor? Beckham and Getz/Nix that bad?

Ramirez was inconsistent at SS for most of the season, but was better towards the end. You seem to forget that before Beckham (who was playing the position for the first time and towards the end of the season was pretty solid), Josh Fields and Wilson Betemit played 3rd, and Jayson Nix played some SS (albeit poorly) when Ramirez went down. Having Ramirez at SS with a year at the position under his belt along with a steadily improving Beckham at 3rd, a solid Getz and Nix at 2nd, and an underrated first baseman in paulie, I think the infield will be much better next season.

asindc
10-07-2009, 12:13 PM
I don't think Ozzie gets it.
HIs zeal to sign Kotsay signals to me that Ozzie sees him as a regular.
"good to go" if we sign Podsednik - where's he going to play? You can't possibly clown around with him at DH. Where's his speed? What about the D - plan on putting him in CF and Rios in right? That give us poor CF defense and CF offense (at best) in a corner OF position. Or Kotsay on a regular basis out there?

Ramirez is the 3rd to best SS in the league - then why was our D so poor? Beckham and Getz/Nix that bad?

Essentially Ozzie wants status quo offensively (minus Thome) and defensively, from an offensively and defensively poor team. I don't think he gets it at all.

I think you are getting the wrong signals from Ozzie's comments. I don't read his comments as suggesting that Kotsay should start.

Pods would not be the full-time DH. He could play in an OF/DH rotation of TCQ, Rios, Kotsay, and Pods, or TCQ, Rios, Abreu, and Pods, with Kotsay rotating between 1B/DH/OF in that order.

oeo
10-07-2009, 12:21 PM
Ozzie lives in the real world,clearly,unlike some fans and media who seem to think the Sox will even be in the running for Figgins. Ozzie understands the value of Pods this year, and the huge hole at the top of the lineup if the Sox do not bring him back.
Kotsay is also worth retaining.
Ozzie does get it.
As does Kenny.

Well, I hope they also realize that with the good of Pods comes the bad. Yes, his bat was good, but it needs to stay that good because he's a terrible baserunner and even worse defender.

My only gripe with Ozzie over the years has been lineup tinkering. I think he does everything else pretty well and definitely knows the game.

I like most of his comments here, but still think the Sox need a big bat in the middle of the order.

Ozzie usually only 'tinkers' when they're playing poorly and he's looking for something that works. If you notice, when they're scoring runs, there's usually stability to the lineup.

I actually think he takes too long to 'tinker' sometimes. For instance, Dye should not have been in the middle of the lineup for that long. It took him until September to finally make that change.

Marqhead
10-07-2009, 12:25 PM
Ozzie usually only 'tinkers' when they're playing poorly and he's looking for something that works. If you notice, when they're scoring runs, there's usually stability to the lineup.

I actually think he takes too long to 'tinker' sometimes. For instance, Dye should not have been in the middle of the lineup for that long. It took him until September to finally make that change.

I should clarify my statement, I think Ozzie plays his bench players too often. There's a reason they're called "bench players."

As for your comment about Dye, I agree. He should have been shifted long before his slump got to where it did. Overall I don't have too many gripes about Ozzie as a manager. It's really easy to play the armchair manager game when everything is in hindsight, I don't like playing that game.

oeo
10-07-2009, 12:33 PM
I should clarify my statement, I think Ozzie plays his bench players too often. There's a reason they're called "bench players."

I don't think he does it more than any other manager. There were certain guys he liked to give days off to (mostly the older ones), and then there were guys that played every single day. AJ, Beckham, Alexei, and Konerko were out there just about everyday. Nix and Getz were platooning all year, as were Wise and Anderson early in the year. Then he needed to find time for all of Quentin, Rios, Dye, Pods, and even Kotsay who was playing well.

No surprise that I'm a huge Ozzie fan. Most of my support early in his managerial career was due to his intangibles, but he's really improved quite a bit as an in-game manager.

Marqhead
10-07-2009, 12:38 PM
I don't think he does it more than any other manager. There were certain guys he liked to give days off to (mostly the older ones), and then there were guys that played every single day. AJ, Beckham, Alexei, and Konerko were out there just about everyday. Nix and Getz were platooning all year, as were Wise and Anderson early in the year. Then he needed to find time for all of Quentin, Rios, Dye, Pods, and even Kotsay who was playing well.

No surprise that I'm a huge Ozzie fan. Most of my support early in his managerial career was due to his intangibles, but he's really improved quite a bit as an in-game manager.

My perception is probably due to the fact that players like Alex Cintron, Rob Mackowiak, Brian Anderson, DeWayne Wise, Josh Fields and Wilson Betemit (to name a few) were on the team in the first place.

I think once the roster is set, and it appears to be pretty close, players like Nix and Kotsay (if we sign him) will be rotated on a regular basis and there wont be as many changes. We'll have a everyday CF and barring injury a set infield which will reduce the line up changes to a minimum.

dickallen15
10-07-2009, 12:47 PM
If Ozzie didn't want Pods back he wouldn't come out and say so. It easily could hurt Pods' leverage with a new team. I think Ozzie's answers were pretty vanilla especially from him. I expect lots of changes.

oeo
10-07-2009, 12:50 PM
My perception is probably due to the fact that players like Alex Cintron, Rob Mackowiak, Brian Anderson, DeWayne Wise, Josh Fields and Wilson Betemit (to name a few) were on the team in the first place.

Mackowiak was a very good bench player. People forget about that because he was ****ing up in centerfield. Anderson and Fields were both first round picks...

Cintron was a good bat off the bench for the most part, but he's no different than having Timo Perez and Willie Harris on our bench in 2005.

Marqhead
10-07-2009, 01:04 PM
Mackowiak was a very good bench player. People forget about that because he was ****ing up in centerfield. Anderson and Fields were both first round picks...

Cintron was a good bat off the bench for the most part, but he's no different than having Timo Perez and Willie Harris on our bench in 2005.

I understand that. However, at some point it was realized that each of the aforementioned players were not starting quality, yet they continued to get a majority of starts due to a lack of options, injuries, etc. and in some cases just because Ozzie felt like trotting them out there a majority of the time.

Before I get too far off point and start talking in circles: I do think Ozzie tinkers too much. I think some of it is his fault, and some of it the front office's fault. I think that the tinkering (and the effects) will be less next season as the lineup will have more stability and the bench players will be better quality.

Outside of this I have few qualms with Ozzie as a manager. I love how he handles the press, I like that he makes himself, the front office and the players accountable. Overall I think he does a good job with the pitching staff and bullpen -- and is getting better.

EDIT: I was happy about the Mac and Cintron signings when they happened, but I feel they got way too much playing time (whether or not that was Ozzie's fault).

Lip Man 1
10-07-2009, 01:37 PM
UPDATE:

Spawn:

First off from what I remember about part I Ozzie said that Konerko came to him to apologize for letting him (i.e. Ozzie) down, that Peavy came to him and apologized for not being able to help more and that Beckham came to him to thank him for the opportunity. Ozzie said those messages would be transmitted up to Jerry and Kenny.

Ozzie also said that he didn't think Dye would return. Sorry I can't remember anything else.

Lip

Domeshot17
10-07-2009, 01:43 PM
Just disagree with a lot of this stuff. I think Ozzie used to be a fantastic motivator, that was his main good point. He has been and always will be a below average in game manager. However, he lost his team this year. He has admitted they, or a lot of them, quit on him. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and see how he does next year, but I would hope his Ice is starting to thin. He still has no clue how to manage a bullpen, and I think the way he tries to manage every at bat late in the game, leading to a lot of lefty lefty righty righty matchups is why our bullpen was so damn tired. I hope he turns it around next year, but for a team that was built for ozzie ball, it was a piss poor fundamental team. That just can't happen. I will give Ozzie credit, he understands he has accountability in his job and that this year he didn't do it. Hopefully next year it makes him that much better.

DirtySox
10-07-2009, 01:52 PM
Where is part I of the interview?:dunno:


http://csnchicago.com/pages/soxdrawer

Lip Man 1
10-07-2009, 01:58 PM
Many people feel 2008 was Ozzie's best year as a manger than he was motivated and went after it from day 1. It came after the losing 2007 season...we'll see.

Agree that Ozzie due to his love for matchups (learned at the feet of Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox) overuses his bullpen and that they get caught short at times on the mound late in games. Part of that though this year was because the 4th and 5th starters were so dammed awful that he had to start warming up guys in the 4th inning usually.

Lip

oeo
10-07-2009, 02:24 PM
Agree that Ozzie due to his love for matchups (learned at the feet of Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox) overuses his bullpen and that they get caught short at times on the mound late in games.

This is false.

If you want to see someone who makes too many bullpen changes, watch Joe Maddon. Ozzie has stepped back a ton from the whole "match ups" deal the past two years, especially in 2009. Ozzie is improving, and he has changed habits over the years. If you haven't noticed, you haven't been paying attention very well.

Lip Man 1
10-07-2009, 02:28 PM
OEO:

How many times has Ozzie used three, four, five pitchers in two or three innings?

Simply because he won't let a left hander pitch to a right hander for example unless he absolutely has to.

Pitchers are pitchers, they should be able to get left handers out, right handers out, four handers out or no handers out...period. Ozzie feels differently apparently.

Lip

oeo
10-07-2009, 02:31 PM
OEO:

How many times has Ozzie used three, four, five pitchers in two or three innings?

Simply because he won't let a left hander pitch to a right hander for example unless he absolutely has to.

How many times have you seen it the past two years? Especially this year? Hell, he had Randy Williams going up against right-handers (bad choice). His habits have changed.

Pitchers are pitchers, they should be able to get left handers out, right handers out, four handers out or no handers out...period. Ozzie feels differently apparently.

This is wrong, too. If this were the case, then why do most relievers have gaudy stats against one, and bad stats against another? Why do hitters usually hit one better than the other?

Your expectations are obviously extremely high and unrealistic for relievers.

russ99
10-07-2009, 02:35 PM
I don't think Ozzie gets it.
HIs zeal to sign Kotsay signals to me that Ozzie sees him as a regular.
"good to go" if we sign Podsednik - where's he going to play? You can't possibly clown around with him at DH. Where's his speed? What about the D - plan on putting him in CF and Rios in right? That give us poor CF defense and CF offense (at best) in a corner OF position. Or Kotsay on a regular basis out there?

Ramirez is the 3rd to best SS in the league - then why was our D so poor? Beckham and Getz/Nix that bad?

Essentially Ozzie wants status quo offensively (minus Thome) and defensively, from an offensively and defensively poor team. I don't think he gets it at all.

Since when does a DH have to be an aging plodding slugger? If we can get a good bat for LF or RF, then Pods could be a fit at DH, especially if we can't acquire a more reliable leadoff hitter. I'd feel much better at Pods chances to stay healthy and focused if he didn't have to play OF every day.

Kotsay hasn't been a regular in 3 years, so why would anyone assume he'd be one now?

Our infield D can always seem poor when you see them make so many errors, which the majority of which IMO is due to inexperience and mental lapses. All three have the tools to succeed. Ramirez in particular has made some amazing plays at SS this year.

Lip Man 1
10-07-2009, 05:32 PM
OEO:

Because the philosophy of baseball has changed (for the worse in my opinion) over the past 30 years. Now everyone is a "specialist" instead of a "pitcher."

It's hard to have good stats against say a left handed hitter if you're a right handed pitcher if you never face them is it? How do you succeed if you never get enough chances to figure out what to do?

Lip

TheBigHurtST
10-07-2009, 07:22 PM
Most of my support early in his managerial career was due to his intangibles, but he's really improved quite a bit as an in-game manager.

I chucked.

I intensely disagree and I'll just leave it at that.


As far as Ozzie's comments, I understand, but as good as Pods was for our team, we need a legit fielder and leadoff hitter. Bringing Pods back only expands upon the same problems this team has been having for some years now. Some people don't seem to understand that. Also, Walker coming back may or may not work out, but IMO is just a terrible decision. The offense of this organization needs a change. No matter who we have/add on this team they always seem to look dumbfounded at the plate.

Frater Perdurabo
10-07-2009, 08:11 PM
no handers out...period.

Can a no-handed pitcher strike out a no-handed hitter? :tongue:

Madscout
10-07-2009, 11:53 PM
My perception is probably due to the fact that players like Alex Cintron, Rob Mackowiak, Brian Anderson, DeWayne Wise, Josh Fields and Wilson Betemit (to name a few) were on the team in the first place.

I think once the roster is set, and it appears to be pretty close, players like Nix and Kotsay (if we sign him) will be rotated on a regular basis and there wont be as many changes. We'll have a everyday CF and barring injury a set infield which will reduce the line up changes to a minimum.

I understand that. However, at some point it was realized that each of the aforementioned players were not starting quality, yet they continued to get a majority of starts due to a lack of options, injuries, etc. and in some cases just because Ozzie felt like trotting them out there a majority of the time.

Before I get too far off point and start talking in circles: I do think Ozzie tinkers too much. I think some of it is his fault, and some of it the front office's fault. I think that the tinkering (and the effects) will be less next season as the lineup will have more stability and the bench players will be better quality.

Outside of this I have few qualms with Ozzie as a manager. I love how he handles the press, I like that he makes himself, the front office and the players accountable. Overall I think he does a good job with the pitching staff and bullpen -- and is getting better.

EDIT: I was happy about the Mac and Cintron signings when they happened, but I feel they got way too much playing time (whether or not that was Ozzie's fault).
I am going to have to disagree strongly with your assertions about said players...
Alex Cintron-was fine when he came off the bench, and that was his role for the most part, until garbage time in 07
Rob Mackowiak-good player with a decent bat, just should have never been put in center. You would be singing a different tune if he had played LF or RF all year.
Brian Anderson-didn't get the "majority" of starts that you claim. other than 06, where he was promptly replaced by Mack, and 08, when Wise was down, he was a bench guy and defensive replacement, and a good one at that.
DeWayne Wise-agreed, but didn't get any playing time after a better option came along.
Josh Fields-garbage time in 07, and a back up the majority of 09. When we had a better option (Crede, Beckham) he didn't see the field.
Wilson Betemit-Agreed. Big mistake, but once again, was promptly replaced with a better option.

captain54
10-08-2009, 12:10 AM
Then explained that he and Kenny talk about the team almost every day, that Kenny knows what Ozzie wants and what team needs. Said they've talked about what the team will look like in 2014!



I hope they didn't talk everyday in 2005 and discuss what the team would look like in 2009, because if they did, we're in trouble

Nellie_Fox
10-08-2009, 12:55 AM
Bringing Pods back only expands upon the same problems this team has been having for some years now. Some people don't seem to understand that.It isn't a lack of understanding, it's a lack of agreement. It's an opinion, not a fact.

TheBigHurtST
10-08-2009, 01:51 AM
It isn't a lack of understanding, it's a lack of agreement. It's an opinion, not a fact.

This team has, in FACT, been having problems maintaining an efficient lineup/field ever since mid to late 2006. Problems have stemmed from the inability to get a legit CF/leadoff and that has been one of the team's main holes for a long time. That ain't no opinion.

Nellie_Fox
10-08-2009, 02:11 AM
This team has, in FACT, been having problems maintaining an efficient lineup/field ever since mid to late 2006. Problems have stemmed from the inability to get a legit CF/leadoff and that has been one of the team's main holes for a long time. That ain't no opinion.It's your opinion that Podsednik "expands" on those problems. He was fine as a leadoff man this year.

Domeshot17
10-08-2009, 02:12 AM
This team has, in FACT, been having problems maintaining an efficient lineup/field ever since mid to late 2006. Problems have stemmed from the inability to get a legit CF/leadoff and that has been one of the team's main holes for a long time. That ain't no opinion.

Pods was not the problem last year, he was our best offensive player next to pk, maybe our best. If there was anyone at all capable of driving him in, this team would be in the playoffs. Bringing back Pods is perfectly fine if you are willing to go get a middle of the order hitter.

Adding a Prince Fielder like suggested elsewhere is much much bigger than adding a Chone Figgins.

TheBigHurtST
10-08-2009, 04:01 AM
It's your opinion that Podsednik "expands" on those problems. He was fine as a leadoff man this year.

Did you read my post?

Exactly. He was. But defensively he was, as always, dreadful, which kinda is my point. My point is that having Pods as a leadoff has worked nice, but it's held the Sox to the same problem, which is the outfield/leadoff problem. Luckily Rios helps this, but with Pods still out in the OF, he's a huge liability, and that's the point I was trying to make, which is not a simple opinion; it's a fact. If I could, I'd get someone better for the OF which has been wanted for a long time now and never answered. You'd think Rios would solve this (and might), but since he's cold right now it's a question mark. But even that doesn't change the fact that Pods defense has hurt this team. And again, that's what my whole point was based upon. It's been common knowledge for years now that there's been a huge hole with this on the team.

So I stand corrected. I'm sorry you misunderstood me.

Madscout
10-08-2009, 07:25 PM
Did you read my post?

Exactly. He was. But defensively he was, as always, dreadful, which kinda is my point. My point is that having Pods as a leadoff has worked nice, but it's held the Sox to the same problem, which is the outfield/leadoff problem. Luckily Rios helps this, but with Pods still out in the OF, he's a huge liability, and that's the point I was trying to make, which is not a simple opinion; it's a fact. If I could, I'd get someone better for the OF which has been wanted for a long time now and never answered. You'd think Rios would solve this (and might), but since he's cold right now it's a question mark. But even that doesn't change the fact that Pods defense has hurt this team. And again, that's what my whole point was based upon. It's been common knowledge for years now that there's been a huge hole with this on the team.

So I stand corrected. I'm sorry you misunderstood me.I think with Rios on this team, it will be a whole lot easier to answer the question of the leadoff man. As it was, we needed a CF, and we wanted that CF to be a leadoff man. Dye was set in RF, Quentin in LF, and we had kids in the infield.

Now, Pods can play LF, TCQ RF. If Dye comes back, he can back up 1B, RF, and DH regularly. If Kotsay comes back, he can do the same or come off the bench. If Pods doesn't work, I would much rather have to fill a LF than CF, and one of the kids can leadoff in their second year (Beckham isn't a prototypical, but he would be a very nice table setter with good baserunning skills).

I think it is important that Kenny leaves the DH position open, and doesn't get a player who is set in that role and does nothing else. I don't think we can afford that next year, either money wise, or player wise. We will need that spot to rest our guys, be flexible, and get guys playing time.

TheBigHurtST
10-08-2009, 11:42 PM
I think with Rios on this team, it will be a whole lot easier to answer the question of the leadoff man. As it was, we needed a CF, and we wanted that CF to be a leadoff man. Dye was set in RF, Quentin in LF, and we had kids in the infield.

Now, Pods can play LF, TCQ RF. If Dye comes back, he can back up 1B, RF, and DH regularly. If Kotsay comes back, he can do the same or come off the bench. If Pods doesn't work, I would much rather have to fill a LF than CF, and one of the kids can leadoff in their second year (Beckham isn't a prototypical, but he would be a very nice table setter with good baserunning skills).

I think it is important that Kenny leaves the DH position open, and doesn't get a player who is set in that role and does nothing else. I don't think we can afford that next year, either money wise, or player wise. We will need that spot to rest our guys, be flexible, and get guys playing time.

Mostly agreed except I disagree on Dye. You don't play a guy that old at an unfamiliar position, I don't care what position it is, IMO. I hope DYe isn't brought back. Kotsay would be a good sub but only a sub. As far as Rios, hell, if he had been hitting like years prior, I'd be ecstatic enough with Rios as leadoff. But I'm skeptical of that ever being a possibility at this point now. I REALLY hope he gets his head out of his ass offensively.