Re: Stay or Go
For some of these guys being called up this weekend, it's going to be their last look.
I think the offseason is going to be a busy one. There are a lot of spare parts scattered between Cincinnati, Louisville and Chattanooga, parts that Krivsky and Castellini did not acquire. I look for a lot of them to be swapped for spare parts of other teams, maybe guys that Krivsky is more familiar with. I'll say this much for Kriv, the best guys that he has brought in have been the guys he was the most familiar with, the ex-Twins. He's had a season now to evaluate his own talent and see what he actually has, and if he likes it or not.
I think Castellini is a man of his word. He'll do what he has to do in order to win, sooner than later. If not this year (looking increasingly doubtful), then next year.
I try to always remember that he got control of this team just before spring training, and hired Kriv soon after. They have tried to shake this team up and change it's complexion as much as possible during the season, which is very hard to do if you are also trying to stay in contention. It would have been much easier to change this team if they'd have started the season out like the Royals did, for instance. Plus, needs ALWAYS cost more, in season. That's been a huge point of contention on this board since mid-July!
I look for a lot of dealing in the offseason. I would not be surprised at all to see anyone dealt off of this team- including Harang, Arroyo, Dunn, Phillips and Encarnacion. Those 5 have to be the most desireable, and would bring back the most in return.
If I were Kriv, I'd make anyone available- including Votto, Bruce and, yes, even the legendary Homer Bailey. I'd rather see Homer in a Reds uniform winning 20 games, but boy, if we had a nickel for every hot shot AA pitcher that flamed out prior making it to the majors...
Bailey just might be worth more right now than he ever will be.
I'm not saying trade him, not at all. I'm saying make him (and everyone else) available and see what you can get back in return.