Re: Offseason Priorities
Trade for Shin Soo Choo and sign him to a 3-4 year extension.
Choo goes to RF and Jay Bruce would be moved to CF for the season or until
Billy Hamilton is ready. Once BHam is ready Bruce goes back to right and Choo goes to LF.
Todd Frazier get the everday play at 3rd.
Assuming Ryan Ludwick won't sign a 1 year deal, I'd give Xavier Paul a chance to win the left field job out spring training. It was a small sample size, but I really like what he did with the Reds in 2012. Heisey would be the fourth outfielder and would get bumped to a bench role after Hamilton's promotion. Heisey could very well be traded in my mind.
I'm all for trying to keep Ryan Madsen and I'm all for keeping Chapman in the pen as the dominant closer of the future for this team. With Chapman I just see him converting to a starting pitcher. Spending the time trying to make him that, and losing what he would add to the bullpen in that time would be a mistake in my opinion. I really wouldn't mess to much with the pen beyond trying to retain Madsen.
I wouldn't mess with the starting rotation. In 2012 they gave us the best season we've seen from a SR in a long, long time. They are still developing and trending upward. The only way I see a change in the rotation is if one of them are involved in a trade of some sort.
1. Choo RF (Until Hamilton's ready)
2. BP 2nd
3. Votto 1st
4. Bruce CF
5. Frazier 3rd
6. Paul LF
7. Cozart SS
If/When Hamilton is ready
1. Hamilton CF
2. Choo LF
3. BP 2nd
4. Votto 1st
5. Bruce LF
6. Frazier 3rd
7. Cozart SS
8. Hanny C