Re: After the Choo deal
The thing that strikes me is how little we could legitimately do to actually upgrade, now or in the future, at this point.
You have two real veterans on the roster in Ludwick and Arroyo. Everyone else is young or in their prime. You have two key free agents after 2013 in Arroyo and Choo and you have replacements (Leake and Hamilton) lined up for both. You have kids in the minors ready to step in for almost any hole and enough talent down there that if something major goes wrong, you can trade to fill a hole. And because of shrewd dealings, you likely have a payroll that has wiggle room at the deadline.
The only thing I can look at this team and say isn't ideal is the fact you don't have quite as much power in the 4 spot as I'd like to see. But that is nitpicking as Ludwick is more than servicable. We are talking the only real upgrade possibility being Ludwick to someone like Stanton or Frazier to Wright. But again, that is a conversation if you have the money of the Yankees, not the Reds.
This team has no holes I can see, for the first time since the BRM. I think it is going to be a fun year.
Since we are talking about backups, has anyone seen any word on what Rolen decided? Could he be our 25th man, backing up 1B/3B/LF (utilizing Frazier's flexibility)?
You also didn't mention Masset. Is he still on our payroll? Could he have an inside shot at the MR spot you had open?