Originally Posted by oldredsfan
Thanks for the kind words and the thoughtful analysis. Let's hope our guys can beat the Cards again, tonight.
Now that the season is roughly 1/6 done, the central div. is looking like a dogfight again this year, esp. given our lengthening DL list. I'm not against a trade, but I sure don't like giving up pitching. I guess I'm a hoarder in that regard, we went so many years without much of it, it's nice to have it for a change.
Lutz up from AA for Heisey(now on DL with hamstring)? I hope he does well, but is that the best we've got down in the minors (batted .211 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 21 games for Pensacola) ?
Would welcome input on what we can do to improve our starting lineup with a trade.
Robinson (10-day trial, please!)
I'd like to see Robinson get a trial run. As far as trade candidates my two dream candidates, either one of which could help this club would be chase Headley or dexter fowler. But lesser, well maybe not lesser but older guys who'd be more rental types would be dejesus of the cubs or Michael young of the phillies. I really think if we make a move for a guy it should improve the D at center or third or both. I consider those our defensive soft spots. If we are talking about left fielders willing ham would be cool. I'd like to see Rios from the white sox. Good pop good obp and lower Ks for a hitter with his pop. I'd love to see Stanton a red but I think we'd have to seriously overpay in prospects then a few years later be looking at a situation where we couldn't afford him.
I love to hoard pitching too, but as far as getting a guy to make an impact I think we'd have to give up pitching on some level. As far as players on our current roster go, I could see Frazier as a smart trade chip. Out of the players on the roster I think he'd have the most value in a trade, while his loss would have the lowest overall impact on the reds perfoance, especially if the guy you gained was a legit right handed clean up hitter or two hole hitter. Plus fraziers D would be easily replaceable. I see Frazier as a streaky Bruce like bat. I think a good balanced lineup can only really sustain one of those, and Bruce plays superior defense and is younger. I'm not saying give Frazier away or trade him for a rental. He'd have to be a part of a move that'd land one of my dream trade situations. Headley, fowler or Stanton.