Originally Posted by BRM
Alonso might be in Cincinnati in 2010. Maybe. For 2009 they have Bruce, Votto and possibly Dickerson in the lineup. It's not exactly LH heavy. Dejesus would be a good addition, at least for 2009.
It depends on your view of the current right handed bats.
I don't think either EE or Phillips is a cleanup hitter who should hit between Votto and Bruce. I think a better righty bat for that spot is needed. Reds shouldn't have three lefty bats in a row in the middle of the lineup.
And there's no doubt in my mind that Alonso will be a Reds as soon as possible. He's got a major league contract, they will get him up to Cincy just as soon as they can, so it's very short-term thinking to acquire still another lefty starting player.
Again, the field is wide open, there are open positions and the Reds can make a play for anyone they want. They might as well go for the righty guys rather than the lefty guys.