Originally Posted by mth123
I don't fool with Sizemore unless he'll sign a minor league deal. The Reds can afford productive players. They can't afford dead money and I'm not convinced Sizemore will ever be all the way back.
The Reds should not spend one additional dime of the payflex that they have until a starter is added and they see how much room they have left afterwards. Any offseason plan that does not include adding a proven starting pitcher who is healthy and has repeatedly gone 200+ innings with an ERA under 4.00 is akin to punting 2012. This team can win if it gets what it needs and IMO adding that from the outside is an absolute requirement. All other things are secondary and that includes moving Chapman to the rotation. I just don't believe he'll develop into a good starter until he's had a couple of seasons of starting under his belt and by then he'll be looking for his next contract. I'd ride him as a weapon in the pen and wouldn't waste the time developing him to be the next ace in Boston or New York.
I agree about adding a #3 or better starter. It's necessary. Depending on how much money is available before or after that acquisition I think it's possible to find value to improve the outfield. There are a lot of pieces in play, especially if the SP addition is via trade. My goal is to explore FA options for the Reds.
As far as Sizemore, or other injured players or older players, nothing ventured nothing gained. The best you can do is rest with players that, when they are healthy, are likely still elite. The idea is worthwhile to me because, even though there are some decent chances for development with the young guys, there is too much at stake not to explore if there are better options.