Originally Posted by OldXOhio
My guess is next year's roster will not include both Milton and Claussen again.
The ideal situation would be for Junior and Milton to finish failry strong this year and allow Krivsky to find an AL contender who needs a DH and clubhouse figure willing to take Junior for anything decent in return, asa well as a team with a pitcher's ballpark willing to take Milton. I'd even be willing to pay half of their salaries to save half. In reality though, I'd be ecstatic if we can move just one for anything of any value.
It's nothing personal against Junior, it's just that I think with the Kearns/Lopez deal there are no major pieces to be dealt that will being any real return and moving one or both of those contracts might allow us to be competitive in the free agent market.
Considering that we probably don't have much to trade, I'd like to see us land a name starter and at least one bat in free agency.
I'd love to see a deal something like LaRue, Freel and Claussen dealt for something. A 1B like Ryan Shealy would be nice to combine with either Hatteberg or Votto. An OF, middle infielder or arm would be nice too.
Krivsky still has an opportunity to really put his stamp on this franchise and revitalize it for the foreseeable future, but he's gonna have to be very shrewd and very creative.