Originally Posted by MikeS21
There is a part of me that wants to see what we have in Hamilton, Votto, Bruce, Bailey, and Cueto before we start offering them in trades.
The Reds MUST look ahead to 2009 and beyond to when Junior won't be here and a 50-50 chance that Dunn won't be here. Hamilton and Bruce sound awfully nice as replacements in RF and LF. And the Reds desperately need Bailey and Cueto to pan out mainly to legitimize the farm system.
And if Votto gets traded, the Reds will most likely go with Hattiesburg type first basemen for the 4-5 years (Sean Casey anyone?)
This pretty much sums it up for me. If you start looking at the salaries, going forward, the money has pretty much been eaten up by the Cordero signing/Phillips raises/Arroyo and Harang contracts. I realize the Reds may have some more income coming in but it will get expensive especially if they want to keep Dunn. If they are going to let Dunn walk, then they must hold on to Bruce, Hamilton, and Votto.