Re: Who will the Reds put on the 40-man roster?
I'm surprised Belisle is still around. He earned $1.2 Million in 2008 and the Reds can only cut his dollars on a Major league deal to I believe 70% of his 2008 deal. Since he's likely ticketed for AAA again, that sounds like a non-tender in the making. Why not just cut bait now and open a spot for Henry? I think the team should have protected Henry.
Some names that interest me that weren't protected:
James Skelton - C. He's a LH hitter who may fit with Hanigan. He only has 85 ABs in AA but he's had an 800+ OPS whereever he's played and had a good fall season in Hawaii. I'd take a chance on him. If you could get him through the season with some DL and rehab time in AAA, he'd be the team's top catching prospect. He could make up for lost playing time in winter ball next year. With Owings around to add an extra bat, the Reds could afford a roster spot for a guy with potential.
Chuck Lofgren - LHP. He was a top prospect a year ago. He had a horrible year, but what the heck. The Reds need a lefty.
Kevin Whelan - RHP. Control challenged reliever who I wouldn't mind the Reds having, but no way he can stick in the majors. I probably wouldn't waste a pick on him.
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