Originally Posted by nemesis
You have to wonder why why why they are moving Frazier along so slowly. I'm sorry but the guy has done nothing but rake all year at AA. He needs to be given a full month at AAA if there is any chance for him to have any impact at the ML level before September next year. DFA Nix who will not be here next year (at least he better not) call up Stubbs even if its to play him in LF just to see what we have, move Heisley to CF in AAA and call Frazier up to AAA for LF. It would probaly actualy improve the Bats lineup.
I think about 95% of those posting would agree with most of what you say. If they haven't moved Stubbs up by now, with all the outfield injuries, I don't think we will see him until September, if then. My bet is that he will start in CF for the Reds next spring. I noticed that Heisey is playing LF and batting 5th. I wonder if they are determining if he has enough power to play left. I would love to see Stubbs/Heisey/Bruce/Dickerson + 1 as the outfielders next year. I still see Frasier as 3B. Obtaining Rolen removes the need to advance him quickly. As an outfielder, I don't see him jumping over Heisey.
I am most curious about Cozart. It seems to me that the Reds would want to be in a position to at least evaluate him for the big club next spring. Otherwise, the choices are Gonzalez, Janish, Valaika, Rosales, or a trade/free agent.
This is pure conjecture, but the Reds seem to be treating Stubbs, Heisey, Frasier, and Cozart a little differently. I believe they see them as ML players who could be hurt by the up and down taxi squad moves we have seen for Rosales and Castillo. I suspect that when they move up, they will stay.