Re: Reds looking for right handed bat
Any bat the Reds land needs to be an upgrade over the player he replaces. Looking at Gomes/Nix splits, Hanigan/Hernandez, Dickerson IF Dusty would play him over Taveras, Bruce, Votto, BP, and with EE returning - the only spot I see a possibility of a real upgrade is SS. Getting a decent hitting sub who can play either corner to spell Joey and EE might help somewhat.
Replacing Gomes/Nix platoon numbers would require a star caliber player. Holliday would be that but the increase in numbers wouldn't be all that, imo. Most of what Matt would bring is stability and track record - and I think there's some room for argument there about whether he's a product of Coors.
Bruce isn't going anywhere, neither is Votto or the catching tandem of H/H. Pretty much leaves the SS position or if you've given up on EE, third.
SS is even more needful when you look at the minors where Heisey, Stubbs, Valaika, Frazier, Alonso et al bring future bats to the OF and corners. It shouldn't be hard to find Hanigan a reasonable platoon partner for a few years so that leaves SS. Janish is a decent option as the future backup for a while but he isn't a starter. With EE and Votto back the biggest need is SS and a backup for the infield corners, particularly a guy who can play third without being a blackhole at the plate to back EE.