Re: Closer: Down to Cordero or Madson?
Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
Why do we have Miguel Cairo if "utility infielder" is suddenly such a big priority for Walt? Also, Todd Frazier could certainly be a "utility infielder" (and LF'er) as well.
Unless Walt is talking about going after someone who can legitimately challenge Cozart for the starting SS job, then I see nothing wrong with Cairo and Frazier being the UTL guys. Don't get me wrong, if Walt can find a good backup SS on the cheap, I'm all for it, but good luck with all that. I think without question the top-two priorities right now should be LF and closer. However, I also agree that Walt could wait it out in terms of signing a closer because it looks like the Reds will eventually find a bargain.
I don't think the Reds see Frazier as an acceptable backup at SS. We know Cairo isn't. So yeah, he's looking for a guy who can come in and play some SS without being completely useless at the plate. I'm guessing he's targeting Ronny Cedeno.
Unfortunately for Fraizer, his roster spot is either Cairo's or Fransisco's at this point.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.