Originally Posted by PuffyPig
Isn't Masset a huge bounce back candidate?
If he was with anotheer team, isn't he just the player you'd want to target?
On another front, I don't believe the Reds will trade Alonso. I expect he's just the player they will stick in LF next year, plus provides insurance in case Votto doesn't re-sign and we need to trade him after the 2012 season or risk losing him for nothing. I do finds it concerning they haven't used him as a starter the last two nights. I would have thought that he'd be used pretty much every night the rest of the season. I wonder if the Reds feel his trade value is already extremely high, and want to protect his stats by limiting his starts?
Masset might be a guy I'd target if another team was to non-tender him and could be had cheaply, but I don't want the Reds to pay the $3 Million plus he'll earn in arbitration.
As for Alonso, I don't think the Reds are serious about him as a LF. They are reluctant to play him in a big OF like in Colorado and limit his appearances when fly ball guys are on the mound. They seem reluctant to play him on multiple days in a row to limit the damage he can do (and he's done damage in nearly every game out there). The Reds just can't have a plan like that for LF and the middle of the order. Besides, the Reds need serious rotation help. They need one if not two guys who are better than anyone on hand with the possible exception of Cueto (who I think wil suffer a drop off in 2012). I think they are going to have to deal several guys to get that. There are few guys who will be affordable dollarwise who may be available and fit that description and none will be in free agency, so the Reds will need to part with some serious talent to acquire them.
As for the insurance for Votto issue, I think its overblown. When Votto leaves Neftali Soto should be more than ready and if need be the team will have the $19 Million that they'll be paying Votto in 2013 off the books to go get a replacement. They may not get another Votto (but won't by keeping Alonso either) but should be able to fill the role as well as they could with Alonso and will have the players they get in an Alonso deal to go along with that. Keeping Alonso to have around when Votto leaves is a luxury for a team that is lacking in necessities.