Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
I don't necessarily mean next year, just going forward do you think he projects to be good enough to not cash in on his perceived value right now? .850 is maybe too high a bar but I think if he cannot do that going forward then we should deal him now. He's not a real good defender or a very good runner so his bat has to carry him.
I would prefer to cash Alonso in a trade. He has more value to other teams (that need a cheap 1b/DH than he does to us).
You're right, this may be the peak of his trade value.
Honestly, I wouldn't mind trading him for a the right relief pitcher, especially if we can pick up a decent LF for Volquez or other spare parts (not a given).
There's a genuine risk that the Reds keep Alosno for 3 years, he hits well, but not elete and then has very little value as his salary bumps up. Averagish 1b really don't have a lot of trade value. So your point is well taken. He put up great numbers last year.. if someone is drooling over his potential, maybe now is the time to cash in.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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