Originally Posted by ChatterRed
Josh Hamilton is our best trade bait.
He's a 5 tool player, good defensively and on the basepaths, and he's still very cheap. He has been chronically injured his entire career and my gut feeling is that he will be for most of his career.
I see no takers for Griffey. I'd try and trade Griffey first, but when that failed, I'd move to seeking trade offers for Hamilton. Why? Because we have his replacement in triple AAA, Jay Bruce.
I believe Hamilton could bring a #2 or #3 starter and would solidify the rotation.
SP - Harang
SP - Arroyo
SP - pitcher acquired in trade for Josh Hamilton
SP - Bailey
SP - Cueto or a free agent signing
That rotation doesn't look too bad, does it?
IMO - no way do I trade Hamilton. Griffey ( or Dunn ) goes to make room for Bruce. A small market team like the Reds needs the young cheap players. Plus the Reds defense improves with Hamilton and Bruce in the OF.