Other than Crawford (who seems unattainable) these are our best bets to improve the outfield.
We need fast guys who get on base and make things happen. With the middle of our line-up home runs from the top and bottom should be irrelevant. Anyone who says it would be a mistake to have two OF'ers hit for avg., not power, is quite definitely an idiot. It doesn't matter where your table setters come from. You need to have at least 3 good ones and this would get us close. (Iguchi is 3/4ths of one. He whiffs too much.).
We need to get some players who have a realistic shot of having an OBP of 350. In the 2 seasons before last Crisp posted a OBP of 344 and 345. His value is the lowest it will ever be right now. I don't have the stats to back it up, but if memory serves me correctly, he seems to enjoy hitting at the Cell.
Signing Lofton should be a no-brainer. You have nothing to lose. Salary wouldn't be much. If you trade a starter,'07's total salary would still be less than in '06 (and we could afford to overpay for a good backup catcher). Also, if Lofton had a bad attitude or if he sucked, you would have plenty of other options (Sweeney, Anderson, Fields). And with Lofton's baseball savvy, he would net a prospect at the trading deadline. So think of it as an investment.
If we had all these guys in the OF, let them play it out. If Anderson comes around or if Sweeney hits the ground running, you have a surplus to trade to teams looking for another bat. It would be a HUGE mistake to count on Sweeney, Anderson or Fields as a starter. If you don't get 2 more outfielders, realistically you can expect sub-300 OBP's from the incumbents.
Funny side story... a friend of mine once saw Lofton at a Waffle House in Atl. and asked him for his autograph. Lofton slowly lifted his head from his hashbrown plate, gave my friend a death stare and didn't say a word.
Even though he's an ass, sign Kenny now.