Originally Posted by Alpha Zero
I'm starting to like the idea of Bailey and Phillips to Washington for Span, Rendon, and a solid pitching prospect. Hamilton could move to 2B to accommodate Span in CF. Rendon can play LF or bump Frazier out there, depending on who is the better fielder of those two. The lineup would be Hamilton, Span, Votto, Bruce, Frazier, Rendon, Mesoraco, Cozart. In this scenario, I'd also sign Haren to a reasonable one year deal to bridge the gap to Stephenson, and I might also sign Mark Ellis to provide some insurance in case Hamilton isn't quite ready.
That trade might propel Washington to the 2nd wildcard and knock us out of the playoffs..
We have to be a bit cautious about that.
Also, I have no interest in signing Mark Ellis. 36 years old, coming off a 674 OPS season, not particularly great defensively. I'd almost rather gamble off trying to get a young infielder in rule V or the waiver wire that can at least play plus defense.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!