Jan Groot asked:
Mack, What is your thought on moving David Wright to RF if Dickey goes to Texas for Olt?
I don't know, for a number of reasons.
First, the age. I'd much rather attempt to teach a new position to someone who isn't beginning to be past his physical prime.
Secondly, Olt has already played a few games in the outfield so this isn't a new concept for him.
Thirdly, I see no reason to move someone from a position where he plays at a Golden Glove level.
Jan, I played third base. My teammates used to call me 'Clete' (after the Yankees Clete Boyer) because of my defensive skills. I was proud of the fact that nothing got by me.
But, put me in the outfield and I was lost. I had no confidence, my depth of perception on where a fly ball would wind up was questionable and the same arm that was a rocker from third to first, did not translate to anything past hitting a cutoff man.
I don't like the whole concept. I would only do this deal if I could immediately move Olt to another team for either a killer catcher or outfielder. I don't want to trade a 20-game, Cy Young winner for someone that doesn't play the positions needed on my team.
That's just me.