Originally Posted by Krusty
If you could get the Yankees to take Freel in a deal for Cabrera, then it would be a good deal, IMO. Cabrera's numbers would improve at GAB with the smaller dimensions compare to old Yankee Stadium. The Reds have the option of playing Cabrera in LF or CF. He wouldn't be the leadoff hitter the Reds would be looking for but he could very well hit 15-20 HRs. His cheap salary would make it easier to take on someone like the Dodger's Juan Pierre....as long as the Dodgers pick up most of the tab.
You think a lot more highly of Cabrera than I do. I think he's a 5th OF or a guy to have in reserve in AAA. I'd take him over Hopper and I would live with him as a RH half of a platoon in CF if it meant getting out from under Freel's dollars, but I'd be looking to upgrade enough to push him back down to AAA the minute I acquired the guy. No way I let him play LF. I'd just as soon platoon Dorn and Henry out there or move Votto to LF and let Keppinger play 1B. If Cabrera was on the Reds roster now, without having to give up anything for him, that would still be my plan for LF and he'd be behind Freel as the RH half of a CF platoon.