Re: Looking to see who can be centerfield
Personally, I think Shearn fits in the mix. He's pitched well and and years in the minors may have actually helped him more as a soft tosser than a kid like Ramirez who gets pushed fast and can't handle it because he hasn't learned how to pitch. He gets dissed because he was 30 debuting but for a guy like Shearn, I see that as a major advantage. He KNOWS he has to bear down and command everything he has to have a chance to stay here and he has long experience honing the ability to pitch. He doesn't seem to play around but go right after guys. He'll get pounded once in a while. He's not 1-2-3 material but he does seem to be a smart pitcher with pretty consistent command of what he does have. So, I am liking Shearn - at least as a possible #5. Between Maloney, Shearn, Bailey, Belisle, Cueto and Ramirez I think the Reds can put 2 starters out there with Harang and Arroyo. That still means you'd need 2 more guys because you will certainly need at minimum 6 starters. Hopefully Maloney and Shearn come through because I don't have a lot of faith in Belisle. I think he's an ideal long man and ocasional spot starter, though. Bailey and Cueto won't be ready to start the year, imo. I'm the odd guy who likes Cueto as a future starter more than Bailey. I think Homer's best bet is as a closer. Beat me and flame me but I am concerned about his attitude - too many grumblings here and there about his mental makeup. He kinda seems Tomko or Greinke in his attitude. Believe me, no one hopes I'm way wrong more than me!
As for Silva - he's going to cost but for me, its not the money but the length. Less money (per year) for longer term or more money but a short term or at least a performance option to give some protection and I'm okay with the idea of trying him. Is that viable in this marketplace? Really I think M2 is right - you have to trade someone of value and try to get a guy who's been given up on but has good peripherals or a guy who had an off year but may just need a change of scenery. I'd also look hard at AL rosters for the guy. Failing a high ceiling guy I'd sure try to get a horse- a guy who has the body and arm to give you 200 or more innings of average pitching. Even that would be a help because it'd take stress off the pen.
Mainly though I'd just develop the kids. No other way are you going to step forward in a small market. WK has to continue to pick off plums from rule 5 and "roster challenged" types. One thing he has done well is pick up some guys that give the Reds some trading chips to work with. No Kepp, Hatteberg, Hamilton or Phillips and the Reds would have nothing to deal with this winter.
I've alluded to it before. This winter and into the trade deadline next summer, and the spring draft with a good position, and the hiring of a manager - well, this is year is the crucible for WK. He may not bring in a winner in 08 but if he makes the wrong moves he could bust this franchise for years to come - the right ones and he could set it up. I really believe it's that critical a year for WK and for the Reds. They're on the brink one way or the other - I can see them stepping way up and pretty soon, and I an see the abyss, too. Maybe more clearly forked a road than we've seen since 95 (when they clearly took the wrong turn.)
Man, I did not answer the original question. I'm content with Hamilton and Hopper but if Hammy goes in a deal then I'd hope we could get Cameron. He's one of those guys who just seem to me to always lift the guys around them - teams he's on just seem to get better.
Last edited by RedlegJake; 09-06-2007 at 11:48 PM.