Monday, January 21, 2008

Torre talks about roster decisions.... sort of.... ok not really!

Joe Torre came back from his winter hibernation to finally discuss the many roster questions he is faced with in year 1 of the LA experience. While many questions were asked, it's hard to say many, or any, of them were answered. Here's what he had to say:
  • He has talked with Juan Pierre about competing for playing time with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, but no final decision has been made about starters.
  • When Pierre is in the lineup, it will be in the 1st or 2nd spot in the order because of his speed.
  • He doesn't know if Rafael Furcal will still hit leadoff.
  • He doesn't know if Jeff Kent will still his cleanup.
  • He doesn't know if Russell Martin will hit 8th, where he wants someone who will take walks.
  • In fact, he has no clue about a lineup yet, period.
  • He has talked to Nomar Garciaparra about playing mostly 3rd, but other positions as well.
  • But, he hasn't officially named Andy LaRoche as the starter at the hot corner yet.
  • The bench may very well be comprised of possible future stars.
  • He will not place a lefty in the starting rotation just for the heck of it.

All in all, he really didn't offer any perspective that we didn't already know. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Heck, it's still February. We'll have to check back in Spring Training before finally getting some answers.

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