Some might be thinking that the biggest hole in the lineup is center field, and that it's the place to upgrade with a trade regardless of Schafer's performance.
Also, some other good bats are mediocre center fielders. (Matt Kemp for example) And if we keep them, we could be looking to move them to left upon Prado's move to 3B in the near future.
Schafer also has the potential to be an allstar center fielder.
At his best, it's easy to imagine a 20+ HR 30+ SB kind of leadoff hitter who can take a walk with gold glove defense
Add that to Heyward and Kemp, and we are talking the best outfield in baseball.
Best outfield defense -
Schafer - gold glove with elite arm
Kemp - Gold glove left fielder (or any CF we move to LF for Schafer)
Heyward - Gold Glove RF with elite arm
Best outfield offense - elite 123 in lineup
1. Schafer (L) - 20 HR - 30 SB
2. Kemp (R) - 30 HR - 30 SB
3. Heyward (L) - 30 HR - 10 SB
People are going to say, that is optimistic for Schafer , and I am going to say, yes it is... that is the point of the post.. How good of a piece he could be if he reaches his potential. If he does, he also allows us to move the CF we acquire to LF and for sure make the best OF defense in baseball. We are also going to need another outfielder when Prado moves to third, and we won't prob sign someone as good as Schafer at his potential.
Yeah I snuck in a little rosterbation with Kemp, but the point of this post is really what a maximized Schafer could mean for our club.
But to sneak a little more in... Kemp is perfect because he has a bat worth moving to a corner outfield spot, he is also perfect because he's amazing, power, average, speed. Also, he is available, and we can afford his contract as well as his cost in prospects.