Originally Posted by OUReds
Well if I'm peeking into the Red's lineup around the first of August, what I hope to see is...
I see Phillips, Arroyo, and Griffey shopped for C/SP/OF help at the deadline.
I hope seeing Dunn in August means an extension, but if there is no intent to sign him, he'll need to be gone as well.
Dealing BRANDON?!? Ummm...let me stop you right there. No. With Phillips, you've got a young potent bat with speed, the potential to hit for a nice average and an A+ glove man. All that and he's signed long term for a reasonable amount. Nope, Phillips stays...period.
I'd hesitate to deal Bronson as well. Sure, he's stuggled this year (and some last year), but overall he's very reliable and for a pitcher of his caliber...his contract is very reasonable as well. Now if Homer (and another...maybe Thompson or Maloney) comes up and does extremely well and Johnny comes around...then I'd possibly consider it. But Homer and the other kids are by no means sure things. If we end up keeping Arroyo AND the kids throw well and succeed...who here would have a problem moving Bronson down in the rotation and have him be our #4 or #5 guy? Besides, he gives our rotation a nice change of pace. Without him, it's all fireballers for the most part. Keeping him brings some balance to our rotation.
And lastly, while I like Freel, he's simply NOT starter material. Not until he gets his head glued on right. Hustle is great. But INTELLIGENT hustle is even better.