Bear in mind that Shane is our only RH backup outfielder until Craig comes back. Skip, Komatsu, Chambers, et al are all lefties.
But they don't want to lose Komatsu, either, and the indications are Washington isn't willing to make a deal for us to keep him.
I wouldn't make a deal either if I was Washington. Well, I would, but I would treat it like a trade and the Cards won't do that.
Shane might be our only RH backup outfielder, but that doesn't change the fact that he doesn't fit with our plans long-term. We chose not to acquire a RH'ed CF'er so now we have to lie in that bed for awhile.
Take your pick. We either have Carpenter starting everyday at 1b with 4 weak hitting CF'ers/MI'ers (Greene, Robinson, Komatsu, Skip) on the bench, one of which is righthanded, or we start a legitimate powerhitting 1b'man while Berkman is out, keep some power and versatility on the bench (Carpenter, Skip, Greene, Komatsu), and anxious await Craig's return.
Q: What year is it?
A: Ty Wigginton