Originally Posted by MikeS21
I don't think Jocketty will do anything to bring in a CF. Why give away valuable trading chips for a Rent-A-Player who at most will be a half season fill-in until Hamilton is ready? He already has Drew Stubbs to keep the position warm until probably mid-June and Billy Hamilton proves he is ready for the big time.
I agree completely. I'm glad the Reds didn't make this trade (although I wouldn't have been horribly upset if they did, I guess).
LF/3b is a more pressing need. If we don't get a LF that can either hit in the middle of the lineup or leadoff, Phillips goes back to cleanup hitter, and we still have a hole at the top of the order. I guess to explain.. If we got Span (but couldn't get a decent LF), then the #2 hitter becomes one of Heisey/Stubbs/Cozart.. still an OBP "sink".
If we get a good LF (or 3b) for the middle of the lineup, Phillips moves to the top of the order.. He's a better hitter than Span. Then maybe Billy H gives us a boost in July/August. I really don't want to be forced to play Billy H in LF because of Span..
Span is signed for awhile.. that's great for a team like the Nats, but not a team like the Reds.. Now I would not mind finding a guy to share CF with Stubbs that would not cost much resources to acquire, as Mth suggested.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!