Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
1. Deal for Gonzalez, Shields, Pineda, or another TOR starter. If not, look to the following:
Paul Maholm-- LH, MOR starter. Meh signing, but could net value. Is he better than anything the Reds already have? The jury's out on that one.
Hiroki Kuroda-- This would be a prescient signing. But he's coming on the market at the perfect time and both New York and Boston are likely to bid big. If he's overlooked, he's a well above average starter who'd be at least the third-best Red pitcher next year.
Adam Wainwright-- Want to make a splash? Take a gamble paying TOR money to Wainwright. He may become available as the Cardinals look to find money for Pujols.
CJ Wilson-- No chance he signs for less than $18 million per season. No chance the Reds can go that high. Sigh. He'd have been nice.
If they deal for a starter, the Reds are likely going to have to give up Alonso. If so, here's my LF wish list:
Andruw Jones-- Power, can still play CF occasionally, and hits LH a ton. An odd platoon with Heisey could net 40 homers from LF, with 120 RBI, but low BA. Willing to take a walk. Plus, he's had a couple years to play from the bench and has done well. Should be fairly cheap.
Jason Kubel-- Another high K guy, but he has a chance to really go all monster in LF. He's a lefty, though, and I'd prefer a RH to hit between Votto and Bruce.
Omar Infante-- Might be a nice guy to have as a 140-game utility guy, a la Tony Phillips. Could play LF, 2B, SS, 3B, RF, and CF. Would be a good number two hitter in Cincinnati and might blossom in the small confines. Doesn't K much at all which would be a nice compliment to the rest of the order.
Jonathan Broxton-- Good gamble to take, IMO, in a two- or three-year contract. Great arm, could again become a monster closer. Or he could be out of baseball in a year.
Jon Rauch-- From northern Kentucky (Oldham County) and may want to spend more time at home. Still has a nice arm and could be a cheap option as closer. Worth a look.