Re: Dexter Fowler
Fowler is arbitration eligible this year and next. Assume this mean he hits free agency after 2014 season. He is projected to earn $4 million next season. I don't see these as impediments, he's reasonable enough and doesn't have a LTC.
But I don't see the Reds going in this direction.
For one thing, with Hamilton on the way, Reds will not want to trade major prospects for a CF.
Secondly, wonder how Fowler would react knowing that Hamilton is coming up, and he, Fowler, is a stop gap. A young player (26) might not like this situation.
Third, with Stubbs, Heisey, Hamilton as the incumbent and future CF, I just sense that the Reds would prefer a more established veteran as the additional, stopgap player.
If I were guessing, I'd expect the Reds to go for Coco Crisp. He seems to bit the bill best of all the candidates, although he's a tad expensive for one year.
Nyger Morgan has had some bad years recently. Grady Sizemore would require a leap of faith given his injuries, but is a possibility.
If Reds do go for Fowler, it might mean they see Hamilton in the minors for two more seasons. Doubtful to me, I think Hamilton will be rushed to the big leagues.