What do we have to look forward to?
From what I can tell, the Expos lineup will go something like this in 2005 based on the current roster:
CF Endy Chavez .668 career OPS
2B Jose Vidro .837 OPS
1B Brad Wilkerson .838 OPS
LF Terrell Sledge .799 OPS
3B Vinny Castilla (until he is moved down in the lineup) .730 OPS (non-Coors) (although my calculation just by no Rockies years is .690)
RF Juan Rivera ,789 OPS
C Brian Schneider .720 OPS
SS Christian Guzman .685 OPS
P YAY! Livan could bat 7th in this lineup.
Livan Hernandez (not bad)
Zach Day (not great, but potential)
Tomo Ohka (same)
John Patterson (not good, but with more than 1K/inning, you never know).
5th starter: Youppi!
so Bowden absolutely has to sign a decent pitcher and a stop-gap pitcher for this team to stay in a huge chunk of their games with this lineup. Since the Expos averaged just under 4 runs a game last year, and with the recent signings they won't get more offense, I would like to see a plan for the future as opposed to "treading water" to quote SuperNova, especially since they signed Guzman to a deal to tread water for 4 years (love the quote from the Twins GM saying that Guzman got himself a great deal since the Twins would have never offered him that--would have really liked him to go after Renteria (or Ben Grieve instead of Castilla)). The good news is that the offense is young, so maybe there are a couple of gems in there (and I think Wilkerson will have a decent career); we can hope.
So, will he go after any pitchers of value: I really doubt he would go for Pavano, but maybe Odalis Perez? The Cubs probably won't let Clement go.
Finally, can you believe Tony Batista is only 30....wouldn't you have said 41?