Re: Stay or Go
I can't see trading either Arroyo or Harrang. They are two of the best the Reds have had in ages. I think the goal should be to add to them, not use them to build our 2009 staff. Find another guy that falls in line right behind them and then pray Bailey is all he is hpyed up to be and you've got a pretty good staff. Then your looking at a guy like Lohse, Milton or whomever as your fifth starter instead of using those names to fill out the top of your rotation.
Votto will depend on Richie Rich and Hatteberg. If they play anywhere near the way they have this year, bringing Votto up before September will be tough, unless you make a trade. That of course might be a good option, especially if the two vets continue their good play while Votto is Adam Dunning the door down. That would be ideal.
I'm also open to trading Ross. Love what the guy has brought to the team with his stick but I do not like his defense. I think we should go with Larue next year. You know he is going to be looking for redemption. I feel bad for the guy. The Reds are finally contending and he just can't get out of his funk. Maybe it is wishful thinking to believe he isn't toast but the same could be said for believing Ross will hit another 20ish dingers. Larue and Valentin were the most potent catcher combo in the NL last year. I don't give up on Jason. Especially when he is the only defensive catcher the Reds have.
It will be interesting to see what the Reds do at SS. That is the biggie for me. Maybe the Reds find a CF, move Junior to right, Freel to second and BP to SS. Rich could back up Freel and Edwin and get even more time at second when Freel was giving one of the OFers a day off.
So yeah, as far as the line-up goes, a CF might be all the Reds need.