Re: Payroll, Priorities, and Planning
Given the array and configuration of reds talent, I think you very much listen to offers for Arroyo, Phillips and Encarnacion.
It's not that I don't like Arroyo, but his performance the last few years has been enough that you might get something in return.
Phillips has fine counting numbers and there may still be some GM's that think that matters.
I like Edwin too, but the reds have a list of thirdbase prospects as long as my arm.
Sign Edmonds and Edgar and a couple of other old farts. Invest in a young shortstop, and more young arms with upside. Nab a young catcher if you can.
This team isn't ready to compete yet. Build a pitching staff for 10.
Pass on the big hitting left fielder for this year. They're not to the point where somebody like that is going to push them over the top.
"Even a bad day at the ballpark beats the snot out of most other good days. I'll take my scorecard and pencil and beer and hot dog and rage at the dips and cheer at the highs, but I'm not ever going to stop loving this game and this team and nobody will ever take that away from me." Roy Tucker October 2010