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camisadelgolf
12-14-2008, 02:41 PM
As free agency continues, the Reds' options for a big-name free agent acquisition for left field are becoming fewer. The Reds are in need of outfield depth anyway, so maybe it would make sense to acquire two players who could handle left field.

As you can see, I listed the career numbers for players against right-/left-handed pitchers (depending on which side of the plate the player hits from). Obviously, a lot of these players are long past their primes and can't be expected to perform anywhere near their career numbers. Please keep that and the other intangibles (i.e. salary, etc.) in mind when you vote.

Tom Servo
12-14-2008, 02:51 PM
I voted for Baldelli and Wilkerson. I love Baldelli's upside, and voted Wilkerson because he could really be had on the cheap, mayabe even a minor league deal, and could potentially revive his career hitting at the GABP.


Edit: I just read Wilkerson hits lefties better than righties, but that doesn't change my vote. I'd still love to see the Reds add him.

Raisor
12-14-2008, 03:06 PM
I say bring back Craig Wilson to face LHP.

He's tan, rested, and ready to go!

Mario-Rijo
12-14-2008, 03:08 PM
I like the way you set up the poll. However I think it's too soon to believe that we won't still get a Dye, Atkins or the like.

jojo
12-14-2008, 03:24 PM
Baldelli (.296/.347/.494)/Gross (.256/.352/.434) is probably obtainable for little pain and both are plus defenders that give the current roster flexibility and don't hamstring the future while providing useful talent for the future.

wheels
12-14-2008, 04:24 PM
I like a Wilkerson/Michaels tandem.

Cheap, and crudely effective.

Highlifeman21
12-14-2008, 04:28 PM
No love for Russell Branyan to face RHP as part of the platoon?

If I can't have Russell, give me Hinske and Gomes

Jpup
12-14-2008, 04:41 PM
No love for Russell Branyan to face RHP as part of the platoon?

If I can't have Russell, give me Hinske and Gomes

Branyan signed elsewhere. I believe it was Seattle.

camisadelgolf
12-14-2008, 04:50 PM
I like RedsManRick's picks the best so far: Edmonds and Baldelli. You could tell either of them that he would be the starting center fielder, even if it worked out to Chris Dickerson getting a lot of the playing time.

Strikes Out Looking
12-14-2008, 04:54 PM
How about George Foster, Hal Mcrae and Ken Griffey?

camisadelgolf
12-14-2008, 04:58 PM
How about George Foster, Hal Mcrae and Ken Griffey?

The problem with that is that Dusty would use all three of those players over Jay Bruce and bat McRae, Griffey, and Foster as the first, second, and third hitters in the lineup out of respect.

Jpup
12-14-2008, 05:11 PM
It would cost as much to get two guys to cover left as it would to get someone who is actually good.

Highlifeman21
12-14-2008, 05:11 PM
Luis Gonzalez is still in the league?

camisadelgolf
12-14-2008, 05:29 PM
It would cost as much to get two guys to cover left as it would to get someone who is actually good.

1. If the one good guy is injured, you're up Crap Creek without a paddle.
2. The platoon players typically sign much shorter deals, making their contracts less risky.
3. Having more options gives you a stronger bench and helps with planning for the game.
4. If the "good" player is a free agent, he might cost a draft pick.

WebScorpion
12-16-2008, 10:32 AM
Two piles of fertilizer do not make one pile of gold. :p:

Vada Pinson Fan
12-16-2008, 10:29 PM
Of your choices I thought Jim Edmonds and Rocco Baldelli are interesting choices. Edmonds surprised me with the Cubs and if the mitochondrial cellular disorder/fatigue syndrome can be managed in Baldelli we could have a nice bat in left.

*BaseClogger*
12-16-2008, 10:54 PM
Edmonds/Kapler. That would be great LF defense, and both can still hit their respective platoons effectively...

Raisor
12-16-2008, 10:56 PM
If the Reds signed Edmonds, George Grande's head might explode from 100% pure pleasure.

M2
12-16-2008, 11:16 PM
I voted for the line, not because I'm opposed to the idea of a platoon, but because I didn't like any of the LH options.

paintmered
12-16-2008, 11:19 PM
If the Reds signed Edmonds, George Grande's head might explode from 100% pure pleasure.

You tossing them up like that makes it so hard to refrain from hitting them out of the park. Darn this being a family board.

Raisor
12-16-2008, 11:20 PM
You tossing them up like that makes it so hard to refrain from hitting them out of the park. Darn this being a family board.

I thought I did a good job myself.

M2
12-16-2008, 11:27 PM
Baldelli (.296/.347/.494)/Gross (.256/.352/.434) is probably obtainable for little pain and both are plus defenders that give the current roster flexibility and don't hamstring the future while providing useful talent for the future.

While Baldelli's lack of adenosine triphosphate makes him a shaky target, I like the Gross idea and prefer him to all the LH options in the poll. I'd have voted for him were he on there.

OnBaseMachine
12-16-2008, 11:48 PM
That's hilarious that the leading vote getter is the line.

*BaseClogger*
12-16-2008, 11:49 PM
That's hilarious that the leading vote getter is the line.

I think the idea is if you were against a platoon you voted for one player plus the line. Thus, many people voted for one player and the line, not just necessarily the line...

AmarilloRed
12-17-2008, 01:26 AM
I think the idea is if you were against a platoon you voted for one player plus the line. Thus, many people voted for one player and the line, not just necessarily the line...

It actually said if you were opposed to a platoon, then vote for the line. I am against a platoon for CF, so I just voted for the line. Maybe I misunderstood?:confused:

Tom Servo
12-17-2008, 01:39 AM
I want the line to be our centerfielder. LINE IN 09.

Jpup
12-17-2008, 02:05 AM
I want the line to be our centerfielder. LINE IN 09.

The line would hit better than Tavares or Hopper.

*BaseClogger*
12-17-2008, 02:14 AM
It actually said if you were opposed to a platoon, then vote for the line. I am against a platoon for CF, so I just voted for the line. Maybe I misunderstood?:confused:

CF? :confused: This was a good idea for a poll, but it's difficult to communicate. I think this is best that could have been hoped for...

BRM
12-17-2008, 11:23 AM
The line would hit better than Tavares or Hopper.

:laugh:

TRF
12-17-2008, 11:33 AM
I like RedsManRick's picks the best so far: Edmonds and Baldelli. You could tell either of them that he would be the starting center fielder, even if it worked out to Chris Dickerson getting a lot of the playing time.

Without reading this thread, I made the same pick. That would be a dandy platoon for a year till Dorn kicks the door down.

Tom Servo
12-17-2008, 01:17 PM
I had a dream last night the Reds signed Gabe Kapler, and I was there when they did it. But I don't think it means much considering in the same dream I met the creator of my favorite show Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel Hodgson and acted like we were best of friends.