Originally Posted by dougdirt
I have thought about that, but the only way I see Jay in Cincinnati next April is if both Griffey and Dunn are traded. The Reds will likely go Freel/Hamilton/Griffey or Dunn depending on who is around still next season.
I think they see Freel as a utility guy from here on out. Just a guess, but I think his days as a starter are over. After the concussion, I think the Reds will opt for a role that may keep him healthier -- playing frequently in a reserve role but not every day.
Unless someone can identify a part of his game that needs work, I see no reason why Bruce should be held back. Move him up to AAA at some point this year. Perhaps for August. Then let him go to spring training as the presumptive left or right fielder.
Of course, if Dunn, Hamilton, Griffey are all still around this won't happen. But if one leaves, the logical thing to do is to get Bruce in the slot right away. I don't see them using trade bait or money to get an outfielder. I think putting Bruce in there, even a bit early, makes more sense.