Originally Posted by M2
Wrong. Encarnacion would have no job on the current Reds team. In fact, he probably would have been released after the 2009 season. The team was not going to let him play 3B anymore and it was not going to stick him in the OF (no one ever is for any duration).
It's a fever dream to think there was some scenario in which the Reds would have kept Encarnacion.
Nor should they have kept him anyway. Is everyone forgetting he hit .225/.320/.410 that year? He had bust written all over him. It took him a couple years since he left to blow up, with a couple of DFAs along the way.