Originally Posted by kpresidente
Gonzo is the SS. Any difference between Kepp and Hairston is negligible.
Dickerson can't be worse than Taveras, in any aspect of the game. Plus, if we don't get Hernandez, we'd still have Freel, and a Freel/Dickerson platoon is much better than Taveras.
Catcher? We didn't need a catcher. We have Hanigan. Hernandez is a career .750 OPS hitter on the downside of his career meaning he probably won't even hit that figure. I guarantee you Hanigan could at least get close enough to that number to make the move pointless compared to adding Dye (and play better defense to boot).
The relievers would be Roenicke and Herrera, plus one or two of the losers in the 5th starter battle. Maybe it would be a slight rush on Herrera, but I bet he'd be fine and Roenicke is ML ready. Now we're just holding him back.
Freel is a bigger waste of cash than Tavares is. He is OBP challenged as well, and generally stupid. Tavares has a chance to be better than Freel (not a given, but a chance to be better), at 1/2 the price in 2009.
We get Harriston and Tavares in 2009 for what Freel would cost us, and Freel might not even be healthy to play next year. It was brillant to dump Freel.
The team needed to add OF, do you not agree with that? It also needed another body at SS. What if Keppinger gets hurt? There goes your backup at every infield position.
Hannigan can't play every game. Another catcher was needed. We get Hernandez for about what it would've cost to retain Valentine (maybe 500-800k more). That is a no brainer.
Herrera is not a major league reliever. He's emergency filler. He's not being held down in AAA because Walt is stupid. He's not ML talent.
If Roenocke is ready, there's room for him. I'm glad we're not forced to call him up.
In summary, a lot depends on AGon, Dickerson, and Hannigan. You are more optimistic than I am. But I can guarantee that if you put in three youngsters instead of Weathers, Lincoln, and Rhodes, the bullpen would be a huge liability. I'm with you that the Reds should've not offered Weathers arb and found another solution.. but Rhodes and Lincoln were solid, cheap signings.