Re: Willy Taveras
I don't think Taveras is any worse than Hopper as far as a last roster space goes, but you just can't risk putting him on the team. He's not great defensively and Dusty would put him and his low OBP at the top of the lineup. The negatives far, far outweigh the positives.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."