Re: Jon Heyman(CBSSports.com): Top 50 MLB free agents
That's a fairly dire list in terms of available impact names, but there is talent there. I get that Ellsbury's ceiling is higher, but I would be surprised if he outproduced Choo for the rest of their careers.
For the Reds, I would look at Grant Balfour on a short term pact as closer and flip Chappy for a bat, though that is easier said than done.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."