Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
That's true, but that would be true with probably anyone playing his role, yes?
I'm not saying the Reds should stay indebted to Cairo, nor should they give him a free pass the entire season. But he hasn't even cracked 100 plate appearances, so that has to be considered before deciding whether there are better, available options to replace him with. If the Reds can find an upgrade, by all means they should do it. But the others they've tried, Mike Constanzo comes to mind, certainly were not it.
This will all sort out after the deadline. Other than starters, the only possible cuts from the position players are Cairo and Paul. Heisey could get traded, but won't be cut, nor will Valdez or Mes obviously.
Votto's return will require somebody to go, any addition (Overbay, etc.) will require a second player to go.
So we'll know soon enough.