Re: Name the 25 man Opening Day roster
I think Miles deserves a shot. Before last season he was a dependable bat and solid glove. I think he gets the utility infield job.
Not happy with Burton, but I want him to be good. I guess that's the Reds fan in me. Lincoln scares me every time he gets the ball, but he likely deserves a shot as well.
Nix would be the easy 5th OF move, but we likely lose Balentin with that and I'm not sure the leadership wants to see that. They have not been able to give him a full evaluation. He may have trade value, however, later in the season.
I think Leake deserves the 5th starter spot. I would love to see him earn it. He throws what is needed for a pitcher who will pitch half his games in Great American park - he keeps the ball down and moves in and out which produces ground balls not fly balls that carry to the stands.
I guess we will know very soon.
Could this be a Dave Burba/Sean Casey day? Get a 1st baseman but give up your opening day starter? Not that we need a 1st baseman - we seem to have an overload there, but get a quality need for an arm - Harang possibly?