Originally Posted by TStuck
In the scenario above, if you move Hatte, Conine & Valentin....who backs up Votto at first? Also, while I didn't think it possible to have a weaker hitting bench than we currently have, the bench proposed above may just be that.
It would not be a powerful bench. But with Keppinger, Freel, Hopper and Valentin you have four guys who can get on base and get base hits. Dickerson's role would be defense and speed in the outfield -- Reds can use that and I'd like to see if he has a future.
As I said in my post, the righty first baseman is an issue, but perhaps Freel or Keppinger could fill in there. Or Hopper.
The point is not to have a fully formed bench for a contending type team. You may have noticed -- the Reds' chances for the World Series this year are not overly strong. The idea is to get a group of bench players who could potentially help in the future and see how they do. They are available, and I think ready. And some of these new faces could actually bring some excitement.