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Just thinking aloud while I type this, but is it REALLY that hard to get everybody consistent playing time? Lets see...

1b: Huff plays 4 days, Wiggy plays 2, Gomez plays 1

2b: Roberts gets majority of starts, Freel backup

ss: Izturis gets majority of starts, Gomez backup

3b: Mora 5 days, Wiggy 2, Gomez backup

C: Wieters 4-6 days, Zaun 1-3 days

LF: Pie 4 days, Scott 3 days, Freel backup

CF: Jones 6 days, Pie 1 day, Freel backup

RF: Kakes gets majority of starts, Freel backup

DH: Huff 2, Wiggy 2, Scott 3

Overall playing time in a 7 day week...

Huff: 6 days

Wiggy: 6 days

Roberts: 6-7 days

Izturis: 6-7 days

Mora: 5 days

Wieters: 5 days average

Zaun: 2 days average

Pie: 5 days

Jones: 6 days

Scott: 6 days

Kakes: 6-7 days

Gomez: 1-3 days

Freel: 1-3 days

So there you go...everybody gets PT on a regular basis, and everybody gets a regular day off each week. It can be done, and it would be very effective.

A few comments;

I think you are playing Wigginton too much. He has over a 900 OPS vs lefties and at home over the last three years. However he is terrible on the road vs righties. When the O's are on the road I see him on the bench most of the time.

Pie and Scott will probably see almost no at bats versus lefties. Freel is likely to play leftfield vs lefties. Huff will probably DH versus lefties.

I don't see Wigginton getting much time at DH. He is supposed to be a better defensive first baseman than Huff. That means that Wigginton should play mostly 1st when he plays or backup 3B. Huff plays almost everyday at DH or 1B.

If Roberts gets his days off versus lefties, they are the same days that Freel will be play leftfield instead of Pie. Therefore Gomez may be the primary backup for BRob.

Scott seems to be pushed into the DH role which I am not sure he will like. You have Scott getting time in LF. That could happen but this is probably Trembley's big challenge with the O's offense. If Scott does get most of his time at DH, I look for his production to drop.

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Brand new to the site even though I've been an O's fan all my life (grew up in Rockville). Anyway, I've never been a fan of Angelos and hated what he had been doing for the last 10 years. However, this offseason has been interesting and have been pleased with some of the moves being made to make the club younger and hopefully competitive in the next couple of years.

As far as the Wigginton signing, I like it. While he's not a kid, he's still not old. He easily has 3-4 more possibly productive years. Over the last few years, his numbers are pretty decent and if given the opportunity for more at bats, he could easily become a 30 homer 100 rbi guy bat.

I think the O's signed him to play regularly. I can't seem him just platooning against lefties. I would prefer to have him start over Mora but I don't see that happenning (unless Mora is released). The only way I see Wiggy playing often is if a spot opens up at dh or 1b so I got to think that Huff or Scott may be moved. Both have some trade value.

I hope one of those guys (possible package) for a reliable starter.

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