Originally Posted by AmarilloRed
So you think the Reds will decline Hatteberg's option?
Finally me and degenerate agree on something...
Votto should be at first base. We want to IMPROVE as a TEAM, so we want to UPGRADE our power at 1B.
Now, SOME people will say that's a way to Make Up for losing Adam Dunn - putting Votto at 1B, and putting say Norris Hopper as the everyday LF-er. THAT is how you DOWNGRADE your team as a whole.
We should pick up Adam Dunn's option for next year. Decline Hattebergs, and put Votto at 1B. Votto is also about $1.3M cheaper than Hatteberg, so that $2.5M raise for Dunn doesn't look so bad.
THEN, you look at 2009 - Griffey probably isn't worth $16.5M, so you give him his $4M buyout, and hope Jay Bruce is ready to play.
Problem then is, who replaces Dunn (again)? Same scenario, different year. IF you sign Dunn Long-Term, you are theoretically looking at having your ENTIRE starting OF full of lefties if you count Josh Hamilton who has to play every day when he's healthy.
Interesting off-seasons to say the least.