Re: Henry Rodriguez
I'd deal one of Cozart or Gregorius soon. Trade Value 101 says that you deal them at their highest point, if possible. Playing bench jockey isn't very high, even if it is at the major league level.
Rodriguez, otoh, could very well get 400 ABs in a super-sub role. Phillips is gettinng older and Rodriguez, because he's a switch-hitter, could let him rest once or twice a week. With Cozart, it's about match-ups and getting a better offensive player in the game. With Frazier, it could be rest, or it could allow Frazier to spell Votto at 1B, Ludwick (or whomever) in LF, and Bruce (or whomever) in RF. If Bruce sits for most southpaws, you're now talking somewhere between 400-500 ABs in the second hole being manned by a guy that has doubles power, a high BA, and doesn't K much at all.
As an added bonus, the versatility of both Rodriguez and Frazier should allow the Reds to add a PH specialist who needs not play the field all that much-- a professional hitter/ DH type for late-game situations or games against AL teams away. (Think Jason Giambi.) It's a luxury to have, but may mean the difference in close games throughout the year. You'd play Heisey (or whomever) as a CF backup (who can also play the other corner OF spots) and whatever backup catcher needed to round out the bench. There's not a weak sister in that bench.
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