Re: Marty and Hal believe a trade is brewing
I sure hope they don't trade Freel - they have no other decent option at leadoff. If they deal Kearns, I hope it is for a young starter, not a veteran middle reliever. I would much rather they kick Womack to the curb, move Dunn, Griffey or even Kearns to 1b and insert Freel somewhere in the OF. Give Phillips a go at 2b for his glove and hope his offense comes around.
I know the bullpen stinks, but it makes no sense for the Reds to target middle relievers in trades. This team is not a middle reliever away from contending. Decent middle relievers aren't that hard to find and really don't have much of a shelf life anyhow. Their are any number of AAA starting pitchers (even non-prospects) that would probably be decent major league relievers at least for a year or two. My suggestion is to look for AA/AAA pitchers that have quirky deliveries or one plus pitch that throw strikes. They make the best middle relievers.