Originally Posted by Santo Alcala
I wonder about Jonathan Broxton. He did not have surgery, a fact that could play into the hands of a smaller market club willing to roll the dice on a small investment-large reward contract. Of course, a team like the Phillies or Yankees could just as easily sign him to an incentive deal and stash him in long relief without breaking a sweat. But as long as we are fantasizing... Maybe Broxton would find a situation where he has a clear path to the closer's job more attractive and accept a modest deal?
I like Kelly Johnson too. He strikes out about as much as Stubbs, but has more power and positional flexibility, while still being able to steal a base. I was quite surprised Arizona traded him for Aaron Hill, an inferior player in every respect.
Logan Morrison would be a steal. I don't see it. Demoting him for the reasons they did actually told me they were higher on him than we might have thought.
I wouldn't trade Volquez for Jones. Jones is still "just a guy".
The Reds have enough left field candidates. Josh Willingham is no longer needed. But, how nice would he have been hitting behind Votto in the first half of 2011? Who knows where the club would be today with some kind of right handed threat in the middle of the order for the majority of this year? If nobody wants the "Hammer" in spring training, we should be more than happy to offer him a chance to compete for the job. He is a very selective hitter on top of his power potential.
A couple things.
The Reds really struggke against RHP. A guy like Jones would address that. They won't get much more for Volquez IMO.
They may not have all of those LF candidates by the time they deal for a pitcher (or 3). I'm guessing at least two of Stubbs, Heisey, Sappelt and Alonso will be gone by Spring Training. Francisco and/or Frazier may need to go as well.