Re: Drew Stubbs
Just a warning: I totally digress in this post . . .
My personal belief is that the Reds draft for need (just look at this year's draft with all the catchers and "shortstops" taken). The Reds have Arroyo and Harang signed for years. Bailey will be here for at least as long. Between Carlos Fisher, Sean Watson, Johnny Cueto, Phil Dumatrait, Bobby Livingston, Kyle Lotzkar, Elizardo Ramirez, Alex Smit, Daryl Thompson, etc., the Reds are probably figuring at least one or two of them can pan out as fourth or fifth starters (which is reasonable, in my opinion).
With Krivsky's plan, you know Dunn's not going to stick around. Griffey's retirement is knocking at the door. Ryan Freel still hasn't proved he can play every day and could self-destruct at any moment. Meanwhile, in the outfield, the Reds will have Josh Hamilton and Jay Bruce. Can you imagine the outfield the Reds would have with a speedy, Gold Glove-caliber center fielder who is willing to take a walk and has some pop? Then, in the infield, assuming you don't stick with Encarnacion and Phillips for price reasons, you still have Joey Votto, and some combination of Chris Valaika, Todd Frazier, Neftali Soto, Zack Cozart, and/or Juan Francisco. That's kind of why I think they say Krivsky is trying so hard to steal Salty from Atlanta--because catcher is the only position the Reds aren't prepared to fill in the near future (since Mesoraco is probably several years away from being a Major Leaguer).