View Full Version : 2008 Roster Projection From Rotoworld

10-05-2007, 10:01 AM


CF Josh Hamilton/Ryan Freel
3B Edwin Encarnacion
RF Ken Griffey Jr.
2B Brandon Phillips
LF Adam Dunn
SS Alex Gonzalez
1B Joey Votto/Jorge Cantu
C David Ross/Javier Valentin

Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Carlos Silva
Justin Germano
Homer Bailey

David Weathers
Jared Burton
Bill Bray

As usual, the Reds need pitching, preferably two starters and a closer candidate. Unfortunately, there just isn't a lot available in free agency this winter and Cincinnati doesn't have a deep minor league system to deal from. While it's true the Reds have four of the game's top prospects in Jay Bruce, Homey Bailey, Joey Votto and Johnny Cueto, they have to keep those players and they don't have a lot of second-tier guys to use to entice other teams.

So, the Reds could look to free agency first. They need to be in on both Koji Uehara and Kenshin Kawakami, but they're more likely to end up with Carlos Silva. While he'd be overpriced at $8 million per year, he has youth, durability and his ability to get a somewhat above average number grounders on his side. They could also trade for a veteran. Daniel Cabrera would be worth gambling on, or they could go after a veteran like Esteban Loaiza or Julian Tavarez. I have them trading Jeff Keppinger for Justin Germano, adding one more rotation option.

The bullpen isn't quite so desperate of a need with Jared Burton establishing himself as a reliable setup man. David Weathers is less than ideal as a closer, but it'd be very expensive to replace him. The Reds figure to talk to Francisco Cordero, but they'll probably settle for a couple of lesser guys.

The offense should be pretty well set if Adam Dunn's option is picked up. Ryan Freel is expendable, as the Reds can go with a Josh Hamilton/Norris Hopper platoon in center. However, his value is at rock bottom because of injuries. The Reds might as well keep him as protection for Hamilton and Ken Griffey Jr. Scott Hatteberg's option can be picked up, but he needs to be a bench player behind Votto. Jorge Cantu can start at first base against left-handers and serve as a backup elsewhere. The catching situation probably won't be upgraded since both David Ross and Javier Valentin are under contract for next year.

If the Reds foolishly decline Dunn's option, they could go with Votto in left field and Hatteberg at first. They'd have a lot more money to throw at pitchers and they could become the favorites to land Cordero. However, they wouldn't be any better for it. My guess is that they'll exercise the option and then deal Dunn after he loses his no-trade protection on June 15. Either way, third place would seem to be the best-case scenario.

10-05-2007, 12:12 PM
See, Cordero is exactly the kind of impact signing they need to try and make. But they won't.

10-05-2007, 01:25 PM
Interesting projection. I am not sure if Krivsky will target Silva or Germano, but he will need to make some moves like this to improve the team.

10-05-2007, 02:23 PM
Personally I would like to see them work Burton in the closers role although we can lose games in the 7th and 8th as well as 9th.
Also not a big fan of Germano in rotation but wouldnt mind seeing a guy like Joe Blanton if we cant get anyone better.

10-05-2007, 02:28 PM
The tigers are looking for a SS, gonzalez and a prospect might get you nate robertson. I think that would be a great trade but im not sure how much the tigers want for him.

10-05-2007, 02:49 PM
I would love to have Silva. Overall he is a much better pitcher than anybody on the staff, except Harang and Arroyo.

Will M
10-05-2007, 03:10 PM
Germano is a product of a BIG ball park. pass.
Belisle >>> Germano.

Silva :thumbdown
I suspect he will get one of those 3 yr contracts we would regret by May 2008.

Koji Uehara and Kenshin Kawakami are intesresting as are most Japanese pitchers. If we can't lure Schilling on a fat one year deal I would rather take a chance on one of these guys than Silva.
Heck, we could also sign one of the attractively priced Japanese relievers. Would come a lot cheaper than Cordero.