Re: Offseason Priorities
The Reds lineup must have a third left handed hitter, or switch hitter, at least on a platoon basis. Right handed pitchers have too much of an advantage with only two LHH.
The Reds starting lineup must have one more high OBP guy. If it's the same guy as the new LHH, that's fine.
The Reds bench is only five men deep and it cannot have two of those spots consumed by non-hitters like Cairo and Valdez. The bench has to hit more.
The Reds have to deal with CF. They can't keep going with Stubbs' failure to make contact. IMO, Heisey is not the answer, he is overly aggressive which inflates his Ks and reduces his BBs.
Leake is very questionable in the rotation. A ground ball pitcher cannot give up so many homers. If the Reds can get a closer, they should move Chapman to the rotation and use Leake in a trade or in middle relief.
If Rolen retires and/or Ludwick doesn't sign, the Reds have to figure out third base and left field. Presumably Frazier will start in one position or the other.
CF, adding left handed hitting, adding OBP, improving the bench, getting a closer, making Chapman a starter, firming up LF/3B, these are the key off-season priorities for the team IMO.
Last edited by Kc61; 10-12-2012 at 12:35 AM.