Originally Posted by M2
IMO he's meaningless. Ideally Encarnacion, Lopez and Freel play every day and Aurilia would get himself about 150 ABs tops. In fact, a glove man for the middle IF in the late innings might be of greater use. You can get yourself better PHs from the OF/1B ranks.
Most of all, I'd rather the team had the draft choice. Allowing Rich Aurilia to hook on elsewhere (and he will hook on elsewhere over the next month) means the club's turned a backup IF into a high draft pick. That's smart roster management.
I agree that a draft pick (used wisely) would be ideal. However with Allen running the show, I'm pretty confident that extra draft pick will be wasted. Last time we had an extra pick, we wasted it on Schramek, a guy that no one liked, but we picked because he was a senior and would sign for cheap.
I guess I see Freel playing a lot of time in the OF. I can agree with you that a good glove MI might be a better choice though than Aurillia. But there's still room to sign one of those even with Aurillia.
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!