Originally Posted by oeo
If he can hit lefties (which he's shown to do remarkably well in the AFL), then it shouldn't matter. I don't know how he's fared against them in his career, but he's crushing them right now. Very limited size, though.
AJ has always done fairly well against lefties (he hit for better avg and slg'd better against lefties in '08 than righties). If there's no appealing options thru FA, make Cole the backup, and just use him to spell AJ whenever he needs it (day game after night game, before a day off to give AJ 2 days off, in the middle of long road trips, etc). Plus he can give us a LH pinch hitter, something we didn't have in '08 until the emergence of Wise and the acquisition of Griffey/demotion of Swisher.