Originally Posted by mdccclxix
That said, if they want to really platoon CF and do it right, I'm fine with a LF signing. Frazier could play 3b or LF, preferably one or the other. Choo would cost who knows what in prospects and would be gone in 2014, but he'd also likely yield a comp pick as well. I just don't know if the Reds are full and mature enough to feel comfortable dealing their promising talent. Much of that talent is also called "salary relief" in a few years.
One possibility is to keep Stubbs/Heisey in CF pending Hamilton. But improve LF in a big way this off-season.
The obvious would be Upton for LF, a signed player, an expensive player, but a great fit for the middle of the order.
Bat Stubbs eighth, use Heisey against certain pitching, and move Billy Hamilton through AAA real quickly.
Ultimately this gives the Reds the best ballclub. Two through six in the order could be Phillips, Votto, Upton, Bruce, Frazier.
Then, add Billy Hamilton as lead off, and Cozart and the catcher 7th and 8th in either order.
That lineup, particularly if Mesoraco hits, would be absolutely tremendous. Of course, until Hamilton is ready, the lineup would remain incomplete.
Hamilton, Phillips, Votto, Upton, Bruce, Frazier, Mesoraco, Cozart, pitcher.