OK, we run James Jones out there in RF for the rest of the season. Let's say he's +5 runs over that time. You would then sit Trumbo and lose the potential benefit of his bat. Not that we're seeing any of that potential right now, mind you. Nelson Cruz is a better hitter as a RF than as a DH, over a long career, so you loe a bit of his bat. And Jones doesn't hit, if you will remember.
Would you gain anyting by DH'ing Cruz and putting a + glove in RF? You would if Trumbo contiues to hit like he is.
You could run Guti out in RF every day, but then you lose the platoon in LF AND you expose Guti's vR bat. Did you know that Guti is precisely as advertised: Not good vs. righties (0-6) and VG vs. lefties (4-8).
You could give Trumbo a DL stint, for some phantom-injury, move Cruz to DH....and bring up Romero, I suppose. He's killing the ball in Tacoma. But DL'ing Trumbo is unlikely.
So we get Cruz in RF, where he has been just fine....regardless of UZR, which long ago we all began to suspect.
BTW, the discussion on the air about Edgar's tweaking of Trumbo was interesting......but I thought a pretty technical fix to implement in the middle of the season. Trumbo has been terrible as a Mariner, 1 for his last 27 as we speak (my goodness, his OPS is .361 and his OPS+ is 4!!!), but he's likely slumped before and figured it out. If we're attempting tweaks that he's never used before, well then I'm not optimisteic we get full benefit. He's an experienced pro with some slugging pedigree, what has worked before will likely work again. And it will be something that he has buy-in on.
Edgar was a great hitter, but his success at a hitting coach will revolve around his ability to simpiify his instruction. The hardest skill to "master" in sport may be hitting a MLB pitcher; if you're approaching the plate with a bunch of technical thoughts bouncing around in your head then you're lost. I dn't know much about hitting a baseball, but I know more than a bit about teaching/coaching. KISS, Edgar.
And at some point, the best solution may be to sit Trumbo for a few games and let him get hitting out of his head. I think right now I would actually tell him, "no BP for you!" The guy has come to the plate almost 2500 times in his career. It is unlikely he has forgotten how he hit decently for the 2400 PA's before he came to Seattle. He's 29 years old, it is unliklely he's suddenly became physically enfeebled.
Perhaps Sims and Blowers overcomplicated Edgar's teaching approach. Perhaps Edgar is having him think about one simple thing in order to achieve something physical and Sims/Blowers referenced the physical thing that Edgar/Trumbo are hoping to achieve.
I hope that is it.
When Edgar told Ackley to "be greedy!" after two previous hits, I loved that approach.
A ripping Trumbo would help cure a bunch of our ails.