Originally Posted by HDBoy
Remember, the need for the Reds to deal players in a blockbuster trade is about changing the team chemistry. Cincy just has too many streaky .250 hitters who are prone to long bouts of ineffective service. It almost doesn't matter which interchangeable pieces they deal, they just need to make a big change. The current combination isn't getting the job done, and Cozart, Bruce, Frazier, Heisey and Mesaraco are the most likely candidates to go -- with Leake added to sweeten the pot and help the team make wholesale changes and land a more reliable, franchise-caliber slugger. Like Stubbs or even Hamilton before, each player I'm listing may need a change of scenery to shock their systems. Look at how the addition of Cingrani may be changing Leake: he now appears to be pitching like he fear for his job (and he should). Alternatively, maybe the team simply needs a change in managerial style and direction. I'm no Dusty Baker fan, and feel that change could help too, but I suspect it is this particular combination of players that is the real problem.
The lineup has way too many similar type hitters. You have to look at other factors when considering who to move aside from bat. Age contract defensive ability and position come to mind. Considering that, I'd not trade Bruce unless you got a huge return. I'd not consider dealing Mez unless it was a can't pass up deal. Simply put we don't know what he is at the big league level yet due to limited inconsistent time. At this point heisey would be just a throw in and I think he's bring more value to the reds bench if used correctly than he'd bring in a trade. Frazier and cozart are interesting pieces to me. Cozart plays short, and we really don't have anyone that plays at his level so I'd hang tight on him. To me Frazier is the odd man out. He's a great pie e to have but this team had many guys similar to him, he's an older player for being a second year player, and he has the most competent backup of any player on the team so if he was dealt aspects such as defense might actually improve at third.
And finally I don't think Hamilton needed a change of venue. It was pretty obvious they guy had stud potential at least in my mind. I was mad as all get out the day he was traded