Dunn and Guzman's contracts are up after next season. Willingham will only have 1 year left after next season.
ok, so let's get rid of all three right this very second, and replace them *this* offseason, since their contracts expire AFTER 2010. we can focus on our real problems (Pitching) some other time.
We have no second baseman.
yeah, you are correct on that one.
The only spots we are solid at for now and the future are Catcher (Flores), 3B (Zim), CF (Morgan), and possibly RF (Dukes).
Flores and Dukes are good but currently unreliable health-wise. Morgan is turning 30, and keep in mind that Teh Speeeeeeeeeed is always the first thing to go. I say we get another 3 years out of Morgan, tops before we need to be concerned about a new Cfer. we're solid at 3B.
I'd extend Dunn 2 more years. He plays an adequate enough 1B that we can afford to keep his bat around for a little while longer. We can also extend Willingham for 2-3 years if push comes to shove. then both Dunn and Willingham will be like 32 or 33 when their contracts expire. (I think Dunn is 28 or 29 currently, and Willingham is 30)
potentially, we are solid everywhere except 2b and SS, position-player-wise. it remains to be seen if Flores and Dukes can stay healthy for a year, and if Desmond is the real deal or a flash-in-the-pan. We definitely need a new 2nd Baseman.
as I said, for the most part, all the rebuilding will need to take place on the Pitching Mound. not in the lineup.
then again, I'm thinking of 2010. You may be thinking about 2012/2013.