Re: Ryan Freel
The thing about Freel is that while his supporters are pointing to his flash and daring and his critics are pointing to his lapses and frequent baserunning blunders, lost in it all is a guy who has a history of getting on base regularly with enough versatility to be very useful on a bench. He gets overexposed and wears down for sure, but used properly he is very valuable. My problem with Freel was always the insistence that he was one of the team's mainstays and that his baserunning was always thought to be such a critical ingredient. When viewed in the proper light as a guy who can come in and provide a spark while filling in for a couple weeks, Freel is very valuable. I think his contract is a little pricey and if the $4 Million he has coming next year is preventing the team from upgrading in more critical areas, then he should be moved (and that has been my stance in the past). But since it seems that Cast is willing to spend where needed and Freel's deal is not an impediment, he should not just be given away to move the contract or create a roster spot. He's the Red's best bench player (assuming Kepp is in the line-up) and is a better bench player than many team's have.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS