Re: If you could acquire one player at the deadline, who would it be?
Originally Posted by mth123
Won't be the popular answer people are looking for, but I'd probably go for a lefty reliever. Marshall's arm is looking like it will need to be nursed all season, Parra hasn't been up to snuff and Cingrani (who could solve the problem) is needed as rotation insurance. Not sure if the Angels qualify as a contender, but Scott Downs is a free agent after the year and he's still effective.
If someone else is lost, that may change the answer, but I think the Reds are OK at the other spots. If Ludwick can't come back, I might go for a RH OF Bat, but I wouldn't create a hole elsewhere or empty too much of the depth chart to get one. With those conditions, it might be hard to upgrade from Heisey.
I like you thinking. Not sure a lefty specialist over a RH power bat is the way to go, but I'll throw out this name for you: Mike Dunn of the Marlins.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.