Re: Have A Plan - Go For 2009
In response to the above posts:
Dfs – I basically agree with you on Dumatrait, although I’m more hopeful on his future than you. He’s not very big but he’d had very good #’s at AAA. If he continues to perform, he should be a call up after rosters expand.
Kc61 – I have mixed emotions on WK. The things you mention in your 1st paragraph are strong positives(also the Phillips, Burton, and Hamilton signings) but his high cost spending/contract extensions of Cormier, Stanton, Weathers, Castro as well as THE TRADE and the EE option are all negative.
Benihana – The title of my thread is a little misleading. Although I’m writing off this year, I think the Reds have a chance if everything breaks right next year. If Bailey and Votto have immediate impact and if guys like Salmon, McBeth, Dumatrait, and Kepplinger can provide an upgrade over the expensive chaff we have now 08 could be a good year. That’s why I used the phrase “window starting no later than 09” in my post. I also agree Bray could be a factor but I included him in paragraph 5 rather than as part of the core since he’s not currently pitching for the Reds.
Jr’s Boy – I don’t think the approach I’ve outlined would result in a worse 07 record than we’re currently facing hence no reduced revenue. We might even do better. There are plenty of fans who’d rather pay to watch Bray, Salmon, McBeth, or Kepplinger make a mistake they might learn from leading to future contributions than watch Stanton or Castro fail with no offsetting future as compensation.
Last edited by Stingray; 05-15-2007 at 08:58 PM.