Re: Reds 25-man Roster on March 31??
I would switch Fogg and Belisle. Though Fogg has done well so far, he doesn't have any potential. Belisle did bad last year, but he's got the stuff to be a good pitcher in this league. Fogg on the other hand will never be more than a #4 pitcher.
I don't see Volquez in the bullpen. I thought that they may use one of the youngsters as a long relief man, but it's looking more like it's going to be Belisle, Affeldt, or Fogg. I don't see all three making the rotation, and they didn't give Affeldt and Fogg all that money to release them, or send them to the minors.
For some reason, I still hold hope that Valenzuela will be kept in the organization. I think that the Reds will send the Braves some cash, or a PTBNL. Obviously they got him for a reason. You don't pluck somebody out of A ball for nothing. Maybe the scouts found something in this kid.
My other tidbits:
I don't see Stanton getting released till midseason. I think the Reds will give him all the shots they can to regain his old form. I still don't see that happening. He'll be gone by August though.
I think Castro will start the year on the DL. I don't think he's fully recovered from his arm injury, and the Reds may wait until he's 100% to put him on the active roster.
If you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.