Originally Posted by RedEye
DeJesus is on the DL and Rios seems too expensive. Morse is a statue on D. Ruggiano is another Heisey but older. Willingham is also expensive and is a corner OF. Who else is out there? I am sure Walt has his ear to the ground, but I'm not sure there is much to hear...
I'd prefer some one who can hit aganst LHP and can play all three spots, but a guy who hits from either side would be OK. The easiest place to upgrade the soft underbelly of the roster immediately is a RH OF to take Robinson's spot, but Paul isn't a lock if somebody better could be had. Not interested in dealing off much, with middling prospects like Soto, H-Rod or Sharky along with young but limited major leaguers like Partch, Hoover and Robinson as guys I'd try to make a package from (with lesser guys if anyone wants any). I'd probably want a relief pitcher or two as well. Not sure if it can be done in one deal, but the same teams that have these middling OF have some decent middle of the pen guys as well.
It's fun to speculate, so, guys I'd look at include:
David Dejesus - Better against RHP should sit against LHP, has a reasonable option for 2014 and might be the kind of insurance the team could use to bridge the gap when Choo leaves and Hamilton isn't ready. Might push Xavier Paul off the roster. Should be back after the All Star break if not sooner. Gregg or Russell might be too pricey in terms of talent to get a package to help the pen too, but the possibility of 2014 insurance is attractive IMO.
Chris Denorfia - Would directly replace Robinson for now and might make a logjam when Ludwick returns, but could split CF with Choo. If they could net Thayer, Thatcher or Gregorson in a deal too, that would be pretty nice.
Alejandro de Aza - Odd because he's a lefty bat, but has been better against LHP. Not sure about how I'd view that going forward, but can handle all three spots and would be an upgrade over Paul and Robinson. Thornton and/or Lindstrom would interest me as help for the pen.
Justin Ruggiano - He is
a lot like Heisey, but that makes him a clear upgade over Robinson. His advantage over Heisey is that he's been a clear lefty killer over the last couple years and he'd be an ideal fit to platoon with Choo (though Choo sitting against LHP is probably a pipe dream) or at least be in there somewhere when a lefty is on the mound. Florida isn't as hitter friendly as GABP, so he might be better here. He should be cheap and shouldn't cost anything we'd regret dealing. I wonder if an offer of Robinson straight-up would interest the Marlins. They'd win the age battle and Robinson might have a poor man's Juan Pierre future that may be worth taking a shot at. Dunn or Webb would get me to add an arm to the deal.
Franklin Gutierrez - Not sure when he's due back (Hammy), but he is arguably the best defensive OF in the game. Kills lefty pitching and, out of Seattle, might be a good every day OF. Has a 2014 option for $7.5 Million that Seattle will likely decline and with Dustin Ackley rebooting his career in CF, he might be cheap to acquire. If they could get Darren Oliver too, I'd be all over it assuming he'll be back by mid July. If there is reasonable assurance of health, Gutierrez might be my top under the radar target to boost the Reds.
I'm sure there are more names. They don't need to be stars to improve this roster, and given that the Reds have little that they can afford to deal, it may be better to avoid the stars anyway. Schierholtz would probably cost too much BTW and can't play CF so I'd pass unless it's a sweet deal.