Howie Kendrick was available during this past season, but who knows for next year. Maybe a Bailey swap would interest them.
Dodgers are the team to send him to.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
A very young player like Hamilton is teachable.
But it's possible the Reds are just fed up with BP's behavior.
Which is not a personal comment on it, I have less problem with BP. I think he adds fire to the team in some ways. But I do think this ownership may be irritated by him.
Yes, if he had a .900 OPS they might feel differently, true.
Sometimes things just don't fit. The Reds are a good defensive team acorss the board, but they're a team that really lacks RHH that are tough outs. I think Phillips still has some value, so if you trade him now you can probbaly deal him without having to take on any of his salary.
Phillips to the Tigers for Castellanos, Devin Travis and Corey Knebel
That would be a fair package. LF, Middle infield prospect and a RH power arm for the bullpen.
Sign Alexander Guerrero
Trade Bailey as well, I would ask for Profar straight up.
Last edited by Red Swagger; 10-07-2013 at 01:57 PM.
1) He's owed a large salary over the next several years and It would syrprise me to see him in decline over those years. If some one will take him off your hands and give you something useful in return I believe you have to consider it very strongly (wouldn't just give him away though).
2) Its not so much what he's said in the past as what I fear he may say in the future. Brandon has always felt under-appreciated and I'm afraid he may be even more vocalk aboput it - expecially if his skills start to decline. I can see him becoming a devicive force in the clubhouse.
As far as replacing him? I'd make a hard run at the Cuban - Alexander Guerrero - as well as a possible deal (Bailey?) for someone like Profar or Bogaerts and let Guerrero, Cozart, Frazier and Profar/Bogaerts/etc. fight it out for the three infield spots right of Votto.
Makes a lot of sense to just get out from under the contract at this point, and I feel like Brandon has a few good years left in him. But next year could be, to Walt, the biggest transition year in the Reds' near future: an unproven rookie in CF, aging/overpaid guy in LF who is in last year of contract, Arroyo gone, last year for Bailey, what will hopefully be the first year for Chapman as starter, etc. 2015 and beyond, with Stephenson, Latos, Chapman, Cingrani in the rotation, Hamilton with a year under his belt, and a pair of OF studs on the horizon, looks brighter.
With the disappointment of the last 2 seasons and a potentially bum year ahead, now looks like the best time to say goodbye to Brandon and free up some cash. Missing that playoff financial push, along with a somewhat lackluster attendance jump, might mean that ownership is a bit less optimistic about the budget than this time a year ago.
In the first case, he is just calling out a reporter which I think is understandable in a grueling, frustrating season. However, the second case he is calling out management and his own teammates. I can see Bob not liking that at all. Fan favorite or not, you cannot bite the hand that feeds you.
I love BP and would hate to see him go, but if he has caused a rift in the clubhouse and pisse.d Bob off, then hopefully we can get some major league talent for him. I would assume we target one of the losers of the 3 team race for Cano (Dodgers, Yankess, Rangers).
2013 Attendance: 6-0
4/3/13, 4/16/13, 4/17/13, 8/3/13, 8/21/13, 9/7/13
loved bp at one point in time...now, it's just don't let the door hit ya...