99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
I think Choo will sign with a big market team. Maybe the Yankees. Hope I'm wrong.
I'm expecting Ludwick in left next year. I think Hamilton will be on the big club, not sure he will be the starting CFer right out of the box. He will be soon.
Man, a lot of people think the Reds have a shot at bringing Choo back. I just can't see it. It will be Ludwick, fully healed or not (clearly he will be "healthy" but whether he is back to a normal expectation is another story).
I love Choo, but whichever team signs his next deal will be taking on a huge risk - investing 40 -60MM in a guy on a the wrong side of 30. We could see his speed and defensive skills declining fairly quickly. Better to take the draft pick and be happy with having him play for the Reds at what could very well be his peak year. I'd rather see them just stick with Ludwick/Heisey/Lutz/Paul with Hamilton in CF and use the big money to extend Latos.
Anyone, but Heisey.
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I am hoping Jocketty comes thru with some of his "sign'em to extension" magic like he pulled off in St Louis in regards to Choo.
If Mez continues to improve, he may be ready in 14 to take over a more crucial hitting role on this team (middle order type) which would help offset a Ludwick shed.
Then we would have Choo-Hamilton-Mez as fixtures with the Votto's/Bruce's etc.
I think some of us are underestimating the effect the Reds' clubhouse may have on Choo. After the walk-off today, Choo ran back to BP and hugged him for a LONG time celebrating the win. He already seems to fit in very well with the ball club, which is awesome to see. It really seems that Jocketty has not only constructed a talented team on the field, but potentially even a more talented team off the field. Im not saying Choo is going to take a 50% discount to stay with the team but rather we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the potential of the Reds re-signing him past 2013.
Would love too Choo come back --
wow -- I bet I'm not the only one -- but this is not the Yankees' pot of gold so I just can't see it happening.
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I'd do everything humanly possible to sign Choo.
He's Walt's Jim Edmonds for this franchise.
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I'd love to see the team re-sign Choo, but I think I'd rather see them lock up Latos and Homer for the next five years. A Ludwick-Heisey-Bruce outfield (as the worst-case scenario if Hamilton tanks) could still be quite serviceable -- especially if Mesoraco and Frazier continue to develop and the pitching staff dominates as it has been recently.
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I would rather sign Homer ,but I don't foresee him or Choo in a Reds uniform next year.So I say Ludwick,with Paul in the mix.
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