But other than that, I see them signing a LOOGY and possibly bringing in competition in case of injury. That's it.
Merry Christmas everyone.
1. emergency glove stashed at AAA
2. doesn't cost anything and
3. would be no big loss if he had to be DFA'd when Cozart comes back
what about signing an ex Red to a minor league deal?
Oh God no. Do we have to do this again?
While they are at it, they should find a AAAA guy who can play SS as well. The idea of Jason Donald starting at SS for a string of consecutive games if Cozart goes down gives me the heebee jeebees.
It's hard not to like Chris Dickerson. But I'm not sure he's anything better than Xavier Paul.
As to Dickerson, where's he going to play in Louisville? They already have, like, five CF and two more OF to sort through. Too, if an OF goes down, you've got Heisey, Paul (who's Dickerson with a cheaper contract), and, if need be, Billy Hamilton.
The additions of Choo and Hannahan mean they're five corner guys for two spots (Bruce, Frazier, Heisey, Paul, Ludwick) and three or four for CF (Choo, Heisey, Paul, Bruce?) before you get into AAA. Once there, you've got Hamilton clearly ahead of anyone-- unless he struggles. Still, he needs ABs and will get them in Louisville. You can't play Dickerson in front of him. Add in Phipps, Perez, and others still in Louisville, and there's simply no room at the inn.
I think the Reds could use a veteran CF for AAA. If Choo or Heisey gets hurt they need someone they can rely on to play some CF and take some at bats in the major leagues. Maybe Phipps can do it but a guy like Dickerson would be a more experienced alternative.
Burriss maybe, but they may be relying on him more for infield with the trade of Gregorius.
Depth is most important for CF because the starter, Choo, isn't a natural CFer so an extra experienced guy for AAA seems logical.
Dickerson or somebody like him makes sense IMO. A true CFer with experience.
Also Ryan LaMarre
Burris is a better idea than Donald if one of them must start 5 days per week, but he's still not the day in day out defender at SS that I'd want out there.