Originally Posted by Will M
Fantasy scenario: Reds trade Phillips & Matt Maloney for Matt Holliday. They get a 72 hr window and sign him to a LTC. He hits 4th behind Votto and ahead of EE & Bruce. 2B is manned by a platoon of Richar & Kep. Valaika starts in AAA. Are the Reds a better team in this scenario? You betcha!
Yeah, but I'm not talking fantasy scenarios though. No one can argue (dispute) a fantasy scenario.
There are only a few "untouchables" on this team as far as I'm concerned. And BP is not necessarily one of them.
As to your suggestion (example) of platooning Kep and Richar at 2B....
First off.... I hate platooning, and have since the days Pete was our manager.
Secondly.... while you may be improving ourselves positionally elsewhere in a trade of Phillips, a platoon of Kep/Richar weakens us, IMHO, both offensively/defensively at that position.
I'm not impressed with Richar. How can anyone be?
.230 BA .289 OB%
, .406 SLG% .695 OPS (3 years)
With Keppinger - 2008 is really his first opportunity of getting to start and get ABs on a consistent basis. Notwithstanding that he got injured this year (not his fault), his numbers have not proven to be something I'm ecstatic over, or that he may prove to be nothing more then a capable super-sub...
.265 BA .311 OB% .348 SLG% .649 OPS
Juan Castro sends salutations!
And even if the Rockies are entertaining trading a Matt Holliday, who is not only a FA after next season, but a player entering his prime putting up solid numbers, they are going to be demanding a lot in return, whether it's top prospects or whatever.
And these are not the types of moves, IMO, that Jocketty is known for making. If you are going to trade away a starter, then it's because you can do so and not hurt/weaken your team, meaning, you have a replacement in the system and not trying to "get by".