Re: With the Break Approaching...
I'm all for Mills in AAA but LF? The guy has never played OF. He 's been a third baseman and 1st baseman his entire career from High School through college (all third base) and the minors (both third but almost exclusively first for 4 years now). He is just starting to mash after a terrible season and disappointment with the Cleveland affiliate and getting sold for cash - about as low as a player's career can get without being outrighted. Expect him to be a butcher then if you play him in left and don't whine about his defense this season. Play him at both first and third so he can be a backup and bench LH bat with great power for the team eventually. He can backup Frazier and Joey and provide real pop off the bench. But putting out in left might really set him back just when he's adjusting to being trading and starting to get his stroke back. I'd let him feast a while first. Start instructing him in the outfield and explain his eventual role (and if he hits well enough third is not locked down, neither is left) and start playing him in AA in the OF a game here and there and at third as much as possible to get him used to it again. This guy is a bit older but there is a ton of talent there - he's not your average toss away minor league fodder. Reds may have scored a big hit here.