Originally Posted by Mitri
Another absurd "what if" article by a Reds writer. Almost none of those ideas are realistic and even fewer address the team's real issues. Why would Walt want to give up all of that for Roberts, who's going to be VERY expensive next year?
My solution: that the Reds should look to focus on two areas: SS and two relief pitchers. Signing Affeldt or Reyes solves the LHRP slot, and I feel good about one of those two signing with Cincinnati. The SS problem I'm afraid may never get address, though it'd be a good idea to use Edwin or Phillips as trade bait if necessary.
What's so unrealistic about it? The defense is a huge issue for this team and I've always wondered why everyone is so unwilling to try Phillips at short but perfectly fine with unbelievable crap like Keppinger or Hairston there. Roberts would be a great fit for this team because the manager needs an idiot-proof lineup and there's no better place to start than a no-brainer leadoff hitter keeping the Corey Pattersons of the world far far away. I also like the idea of moving EE to left as he could hardly be worse than Dunn there and his offense may benefit from the reduced responsibility on defense. There is organizational depth at third and the Keppinger/ Gonzalez platoon is a good stopgap idea. The only real issue I have with the article is whether Roberts will even be available, though if he is, the Reds would seem to have a better shot at him than some of the other teams that will be after him.