Adam Dunn - .310 AVG, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 11 runs
Nick Swisher - .312 AVG, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 21 runs
Bobby Abreu - .357 AVG, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 9 runs, 9 SBs
Kren Griffey Jr. - .200 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 9 runs
Rafael Furcal - .250 AVG, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 17 runs, 3 SB
Raul Ibanez - .359 AVG - 7 HR, 17 RBI, 20 runs, 3 SB
These are just the guys I could think of off the top of my head. I wasn't counting pitchers, so guys like Peavy and Burnett arent included.
As you can see - Dunn, Swisher, Ibanez, and to a lesser extent Abreu would have been HUGE in LF for us so far. I would take any one of those guys out there over the money we spent on Glavine, Kawakami, and Garret Anderson.
The gamble on Kawakami for the price was very risky, and so far isn't paying off at all. You can't fault the Braves for trying, but how on earth could they not have forseen the glaring weakness that their offense would have? I personally think it was foolish to spend the available runds on a risky import when big bats were still available for LF. Now we are being forced to see them shine for new teams.
I know hindsight is 20/20, but the state of this team seems to stem from poor judgement on the behalf of the managment. This team had the funds to make much needed improvements, but they failed to pull the trigger on any of the offensive upgrades we so desperately needed. Let's hope they can wheel-and-deal something before it is too late.