Re: Would you take a flyer on Brandon Phillips?
I know this isn't going to go down well but the constanting carping of having Womack and Aurilla on the roster is really overdone.
There is a very good reason why you don't bring in a young talented position player to sit on the bench - look at what happened to WMP. If EE doesn't make the team out of ST then I don't want him sitting on the bench if he can play everyday in AAA. No use him fielding grounders and taking BP everyday with the occassional pinch hit. If EE makes the team then its good to have RA on the bench as he really doesn't need to be in AAA still learning things. Womack on the hand is covering a position which (although people here love him) Freel just can't play everyday. In much the same mould as Randa last year there is a young second baseman who is probably a year away from the the majors. Olmedo and Machado are good defensively but if your going to bring them in to pinch hit you may as well send out the pitcher.
The 25 man is not the best or most talented 25 players in the REDS system. Its the best 8 position players, the 5 best starting pitchers, 7 relievers and 5 players who suit the needs of the team in game situations.