Re: Buy Low Candidates for 2012
BTW, Santo mentions Broxton. He's had elbow issues and hasn't really been good since 2009. The closer market is crowded and he may need to settle pretty cheaply. He'd be a decent flyer to take as long as he doesn't cost too much and the Reds aren't counting on him.
Willingham has been hovering around .800 OPS in a very pitcher friendly park (OPS+ 118). Unless the Reds are really going to play Alonso out there (I'm still not convinced) I prefer him to any of the in house candidates. I like Sappelt, Stubbs and Heisey only in CF and don't really want more than one of those guys in the line-up (I'd give Sappelt a chance to start the season as the CF in the one or two hole with Heisey as a strong bench player and insurance plan while dealing Stubbs provided I could fill a rotation spot or bring in a power LF in a deal involving Stubbs). Given the Reds need to invest in pitching, they may need to piece together a platoon on the cheap to address LF. Willingham may cost to much in dollars.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
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