Re: Fixing the Reds in One Fell Swoop
I think you're giving up too much in any of these trades.
Fixing the Reds means picking up an offensive-minded LF and a solid/ace pitcher. Doesn't have to be in the same trade.
Personally I would like to see one of these players traded for (in this order):
As for pitchers, I don't know that there's one on the market I'd really want. Guthrie would be nice, but I wouldn't give up Wood. Wood is going through the growing pains any young pitcher goes through. Remember, this time last year he had yet to make his major league debut. Plus he's our only legitimate LH starter option unless Chapman turns the corner in a hurry. Besides Guthrie, I think a no-brainer trade, if the Giants are on board, is Hernandez and Boxberger for Jonathan Sanchez.
I can live with Janish at SS as long as the Reds pick up the LFer. But considering an improvement at SS, I'd look at Hardy or Furcal. If Furcal is healthy he would be an outstanding leadoff hitter. That would move Stubbs to the #2 hole, which I think he's better suited for. If Hardy was acquired, he would bat 2nd or down in the order and we would be living with Stubbs' strikeouts at leadoff.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.
Last edited by Dan; 06-22-2011 at 12:43 PM.