There is almost no chance that they are going to do what I think they should do (sign Dunn, trade Willingham for whatever, eat enough of Kearns contract to trade him for whatever as well, start Milledge, Dunn, Kearns, Nick). Instead there's a decent chance they may do things I think would be big mistakes (worst case: Sign Hudson, Trade Nick and Milledge for fancy scraps, start Willingham, Dukes, Kearns, Belliard at 1st). So if nothing happens...well at least that's closer to what I want.That's a pretty terrible worst-case scenario. But is that really the worst?
How about if you do all that but don't sign Hudson, start Belliard at second, play Willingham at first, and play Corey Patterson in center! Or Dukes in center and Wily Mo Pena in right! Wow, that would really suck. Or how about if we have Belliard stay at first and have Jose Castillo split the 2B starts with Anderson Hernandez! That's really super-blech. Imagine an outfield with both Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham. Gack! Prince Fielder would hit triples every time up! What if we trade a couple prospects for Scott Olsen? Yuck! Oh, right, sorry I'd almost blocked that out.
I'm pretty terrified of the prospect of Jordan Zimmermann making the rotation out of camp and throwing 160-170 innings and getting broken. But worse, what if we traded Zimmermann? Jim keeps telling us how his phone lines are burning up--I mean, smokin'!--with all the trade offers. Get a few drinks in him, and Jim just might flip Flash Jordan to the Royals for Jose Guillen and Brett Tomko. Don't think he wouldn't.
Here are a few other thoughts to haunt your sleep: Sean Casey. Paul Lo Duca (he's available!). Johnny Estrada (him too!). Rich Aurilia. Shawn Estes. Rodrigo Lopez. Paul Bako. Sidney Ponson.
How about you? What's really the worst that could happen? If you wanna take the challenge, post in the comments. If we really try, we just might set expectations low enough to make the rest of the off-season a pleasant surprise.