Mind the source.
Ned Yost said he & Dayton Moore have talked for hours and hours including the names of Carlos Beltran, Brandon Phillips & Ervin Santana XM89
Ned Yost told us starting pitching and second base are their priorities Sirius 209 XM 89
Brandon Phillips for Johnny Giovatella and a pitching prospect or two.
BP and Mesoraco to the Jays for Bautista plus?
I wouldn't be surprised.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
B) Trading away a guy who is still a plus player at 2B for nothing when your team is supposedly trying to win a title is a big deal.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
How much does AA listen if a Bailey-BP-Hanigan package is available for Joey Bats? Would we even have somewhere to play him? If we could pull off such a fantasy trade, sign Infante for 3/30 or a Mark Ellis for a year or two, and then give Ludwick away to a power starved team like Seattle, would we be okay to trust CF to Hamilton?
The most challenging part of this off-season is going to be the timing.
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BP+Hanigan+a prospect for Joey Bats would be great.
BP+Heisey+Corcino for Gordon wouldn't be bad either.
And there's second baseman Brandon Phillips, who appears to be available after complaining about how he was treated differently than Votto in their contract negotiations.
Jocketty said the matter was addressed when it happened and that it's now forgotten. But the Reds clearly are in a listening mode with Phillips.
Regardless of what happens with Phillips, the Reds are going to contend again and very likely make the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Unlike the previous three appearances, they hope to write a different ending.
Here is a deal that makes sense for both teams:
Phillips and Hanigan to the Colorado Rockies for Dexter Fowler and D.J. LeMahieu.
Rockies are looking for a power hitter and are shopping Fowler. Their catcher Wilton Rosario is expected to move to lst base or the outfield. Hanigan would be an upgrade defensively at catcher. Phillips gives them another righthand bat for the middle of their lineup.
Fowler and D.J. LeMahieu would be tablesetters at the top of the lineup for the Reds and the Reds will get payroll relief because Fowler has only a year or two to go on his contract. By then, Hamilton should be ready to take over in center. The Reds lineup would look like this:
1. Fowler cf
2. LeMahieu 2b
3. Votto lb
4. Ludwick lf
5. Bruce rf
6. Frazier 3b
7. Cozart ss
8. Mesoraco c
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