Originally Posted by schroomytunes
If I'm Walt I'm calling Cleveland ASAP, and inquiring about Jhonny Peralta, he would fill our biggest position of need at SS, and he is a RH bat. He would probably cost some good prospects, but he is still young 27-28 and would solidify the spot for some time.
That's an interesting thought, although I'd first like to know more about his defense. I agree with the others that he would have to be at least average defensively.
If I could get him for Maloney and other AAA fluff, it might be a decent do so long as he can provide average defense at SS. I like that his contract is up after 2010, which gives flexibility to make a choice at that time between him and Cozart/Valaika. If his defense is not average or better, the Reds would be better off signing Julio Lugo, assuming he is released. I like that Lugo could leadoff, at least until Taveras is gone.
As far as the other names in the article go, color me underwhelmed. I want no part of Gary Matthews Jr. or Ty Wigginton. Josh Willingham is OK, but I'd rather take a chance on one of the Nationals other troubled OFers- Lastings Milledge and/or Elijah Dukes, as they are younger and have more upside, play better defense, and would probably come cheaper. I'm not sure Willingham would be much of an upgrade over Gomes, who has been quite impressive. I would be happy with Holliday, but only if the Reds could acquire him without giving up one of their top 5 prospects (Alonso, Stewart, Frazier, Wood, one of Stubbs/Heisey.) Then and only then would I play Gomes in RF against LHP. Otherwise, Jay Bruce needs to play everyday.