Originally Posted by Superdude
The wildcard though is that Young is sort of an unknown commodity. He may be just as hapless as Stubbs, but give him some playing time and maybe he gives us a decent OBP at the top of the order and cracks ten or so homers. If Jocketty wants to turn the page on Stubbs without blocking Hamilton long term, I could see targeting Young with an offer somewhere between Bailey and Valdez.
Young would be a decent 25th man candidate who could earn his way to a bigger role, but I'd hope the Reds would get somebody with more of a track record. As far as how to acquire him, I certainly hope they don't pay as though he's already earned it. I'd offer Ondrusek or maybe Bray for him at most. Some one who is arb eligible and probably not worth it. Otherwise, I'd probably only go a lottery ticket minor leaguer (say Andrew Brackman as an example).
As for Bailey and Leake, I think the Reds need to keep them both even if they plan to move Chapman into the rotation. Leake goes to long relief and provides depth. I think Chapman in the rotation is far from a sure thing and even if it works out, its not likely that the Reds are going to make it through another year with all the starters making all their starts. The Nats kept John Lannan around as insurance all season and I'd argue that he's a more accomplished pitcher than Leake is. In fact, if the Reds do decide to move one of their starters to make room for Chapman, I'd hope they could get a guy like Lannan to be the 6th guy.