OK, we just may need a pretty CF prom date for '16. All the hottest chicks (like that Trout babe) are taken. But there may be some good ones still out there, ones without a date for the Big Dance in '16
I threw out an International League list of Ben Gamel in Scranton, Dalton Pompey in Buffalo, Darin Mastroianni in Syracuse, Jackie Bradley (who has a +dWAR CF MLB glove), Julio Borbon in Norfolk (he was a +1.4 CF glove in Texas in '10), Trayce Thompson in Charlotte (But he's had a great initiation for the White Sox and may be off-limits), Abe Almonte (Really!) in Columbus, Daniel Fields in Toledo.
Then tossed in John Jay, of the Cardinals and the Cards' AAA CF'er Rafael Ortega, who is down in Memphis in the PCL. Not a lot of guys to get inthe PCL, BTW.
Thompson isn't likely getting swapped out, and Matt points out the same for Bradley.
Gamel: Didn't we try to get Gamel in the Ackley deal? Or maybe we just thought we might get him. Anyway, he's a lefty bat who was principally a CF'er this season (he generally played in LF prior). He had a .979 Fld% and a 2.67 RF/9. He also had a vR OPS of .834 and a vL of .820. He had a AA OPS of .648 in '14, so his AAA '15 was a breakout season. But he does wear his hat stupidly in his B-R photo. He's a bit of a dice throw. You may be getting him on the way up, but you may be getting a guy who just had his one really good season. He's not at the top of my list. His lousy AA stas and the stupid hat-style hurts him, in my book.
Pompey: There is a lot to like here (as Matt has pointed out): He's only 22, already has OPS'ed 85 in 150-ish MLB PA's, had 3 assists in 24 Toronto OF starts this year, his dWAR was 0.7 in just 33 games, steals bases and is a .308-.380 guy in AA/AAA. This is a guy to try to get. He's a switch hitter without much split difference who has a bit of tater pop. Baseball-America had him as the #30 prospect pre '15. Nothing he did this year would scar that. What does Toronto need? The interesting nexus here is that the Blue Jays also have Pillar and Revere on the big league roster. Pillar has had a tremendous defensive year and Revere (now playing LF) has been serviceable for years in CF. You would have to trade something pretty for Pompey, but you might be able to make it happen. Certainly it is worth sniffing at....and in case you forgot, he did this to Felix last year:
And he's got leather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PIAOwl2m6c
Borbon: He hasn't seen the majors in 2 seasons, hasn't much of a bat, and doesn't light any fires. He as a decent CF back in '10 for Texas. We have a couple of guys who are already equal or better bets, likely. Cross him off.
Fields: Got his 1st 3 AB's for Detroit this season. Had a double, too. But he's a weak bat, hitting only .225-.318-.358 in 800+ AAA PA's. He always been primarily a CF, but is a spaghetti type of guy right now. If you got him for nothing you could chuck him against the wall and watch him look like James Jones. Nah....we have one of those.
Ortega: Hey, he was 2-4 with a BB for Colorado in '12. Career .500-.667-.500!!! In 550+ career MiLB games in CF he fields at a .983 clip. That is pretty leathery. He had a 3.37 RF/9 this year, but just a 2.67 in '14. In 1217 AA/AAA PA's he's had 121 BB's and 159 K's. He's one of those strike zone guys that DiPoto has been talking about. He could be had. He's not Pompey, but he's tons better than James Jones. A higher quality piece of spaghetti.
Jay: The guy will be 31 next year, but he's already been a quality MLB CF'er: From '10-'14 he hit .300+ 3 times (and .297 once). His career OBP is .355 and he's usually been a + dWAR guy. He's due $6.8M next year (and a FA in '17), but the big thing is that he lost his job to Bourjos/Grichuk this season. Even Piscotty started a game in CF. Jay had his worst season at the plate, .215-.309-.263 (in fact he was horrible) but that may have been due to sporadic playing time. He lost the job in mid-May and didn't play at all in July. We could get this guy and his career .751 vR. He's got range at the 2:30 and 4:15 points in this '14 highlight clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHJeaTVox90
There's you report. Gimme Pompey-Jay-Ortega, in that order. But to get Pompey you have to bid big! He's likely a popular topic at the Winter Meetings. Would you give up Deej for him? Minus High Desert, Deej certainly isn't lighting the world on fire with his bat!!
Ball's in Dipoto's court.