Re: Corresponding Roster Move
I just tossed Crawford's name out there as an example. I know he would be expensive to acquire, but he is only 25 years old. His contract is pretty cheap for a star player. The Devil Rays salary limit is so low that they are rumored to be shopping him because they don't want to pay him. The Rays will want very good prospects in return. If we can package Votto and/or Jay Bruce to get him then I think we should.
But really Crawford was just an example. Since we have a surplus of quality arms in the bullpen it would make sense to find out what holes we could fill by trading a couple of them.
What holes do we have on the Reds? Help me list them.
1. We need a better centerfielder than could hit leadoff. Freel is decent but would be a better utilityman.
2. We don't have a true #3 hitter -- a guy with high batting average and good power.
3. We need another good starting pitcher (who doesn't?).
4. We need a true Closer for the bullpen. A fireballing strikeout artist.
5. We could use a stud, powerhitting first baseman.
Since we have good players we can't use and we have some valuable prospects, it just makes sense to at least shop around to see what we could get. Right? This is an unfamiliar position for the Reds. It speaks well to Krivsky's efforts to build up the whole system.