Re: Fixing the Reds in One Fell Swoop
I don't think Proposals 2 or 3 are very likely. As for proposal 1, I think the acquisition of Guthrie, Scott and Hardy could go a long way toward fixing this team's ills, but there is absolutley no way that I'd trade Travis Wood without getting a lead pipe cinch certified TOR starter who would be more than a rental in retiurn. Make it Volquez and stipulate that he O's have to take Renteria and Lewis and the O's add cash and I'm for it.
1. Guthrie is a better bet than most of the Reds current group of starters and suspect depth. He's not a number 1 or even a number 2, but he is solid "write it down" stability that despite the Reds relative riches in quantity of arms, this team is lacking. Too many spots in the rotation are filled by question marks and anyone making rotation plans that include Homer Bailey for the rest of the season is making a mistake IMO. If the team could deal a blocked prospect and an arm we've mostly run out patience with for a solid producer while addressing SS and finding a platoon partner for Gomes they should do it. There are some concerns about Guthrie's back. If this is a real concern, then all bets are off. The reason to deal for a guy like Guthrie is to reduce the number of question marks. If adding him is simply adding a new one, there is absolutely no reason to do it.
2. A LF platoon of Gomes and Scott would adequately address concerns about this offense IMO. Scott's career splits against RHP .274/.360/.507/.868 while Gomes against LHP is .282/.378/.512/.890. Those two could reasonably be expected to put up an .850 plus OPS as a combo sharing LF and hitting in the 5 hole. IMO, it is exactly what this team is lacking from a position player standpoint.
3. Hardy probably won't continue to put up an OPS above .800, but he's a good defender who should do well to add some punch at the bottom of the order (or perhaps the 2 hole if Phillips continues to struggle).
Bailey/Wood (Wood in AAA while Bailey is "healthy" but probably in the 5 spot most of the time)
Janish, Heisey, Cairo
Still lots of stuff in AAA if needed.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS