Re: Buy Low Candidates for 2012
I like all the guys on your list. I like the strategy of trying to deal some of our youth for an arm. doesn't have to be a #1 starter. thats going to be hard to pull off. but if the team could add a #2 starter and Chapman to the rotation then its a lot better than what we have now. i'd like something like...
#2 guy, Cueto, Leake, Chapman, Bailey, Arroyo. if everyone's healthy then either Bailey or Arroyo can pitch out of the pen. preferrably Arroyo. i know he would be a very expensive long reliever but its better than him getting smoked every 5th day. after his terrible 2011 the team really can't pencil him into the rotation. Alonso and Grandal seem to be the guys who are going to be the main chips in a deal to get a real pitcher. we might also have to deal some of the lesser guys for a bullpen arm depening on who we can sign/afford on the free agent market.
Jones hits rhp well. he could platoon with a right handed bat & make a cheap platoon in left. I agree with you that he is the odd man out in Pittsburgh. I also like the idea of Morrison if we can get him cheaply. He'd be a good target for LF with Jones being the guy to go after if we can't get Morrison.
I think the Reds have to do something about 3B. even if Rolen can play in 2012 I wouldn't count on him for too many games. Maybe the team could deal Francisco in a deal for pitching then backfill his spot with Stewart. Hopefully Stewart or Frazier could man 3B if/when Rolen can't play.