When a team identifies a weakness in their lineup, whether offensive or defensive, there are three avenues through which the club can attempt to augment their efficiency at that position. First and most common, the club can look to the free-agent and trade markets to find a suitable upgrade. Second, they can replace from within, by promoting a highly-touted prospect. Third, they can platoon two players to fill the gap, or slide a player from one defensive position to another, thereby improving their expected output simply by optimizing the usage of their current roster. In the case of the 2010 Cubs, the most glaring deficiency among the projected everyday regulars is in center field. Kosuke Fukudome, the 2009 incumbent, will slide back to right in 2010, a necessary move in light of his aby ...
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