But man...that bat right now in this lineup? And for $8 mil? Would solve an awful lot of problems this team has with scoring runs.
And as far as getting a bat later in the season, not sure who that could be. The 2nd wildcard has made a team dumping salary and having a fire sale at the deadline a thing of the past IMO. Most teams are going to be within striking distance in July and August now, and it's going to make them hesitant in parting with any proven commodity. The best hope I think would be to get an under the radar guy and hope to catch quick lightning in a bottle, like the Pirates did with Marlon Byrd last year.
That second wild card really does throw a monkey wrench in acquiring a big player at the deadline. The type of player the Reds IMO need is probably better acquired in the offseason. To me they really need a power bat preferably right handed. I know it's far fetched, but I'd love to see them go after Stanton. I'd imagine the Marlins may be looking fjr pitching with Fernandez out for at least a year. I think you'd have to over pay for him but maybe offer the following:
Cingrani: ride Simon while he's hot and hope that Stephenson can step in by seasons end
Frazier: cheap controlable and an upgrade for Miami at a couple positions. Suck it up with Soto at third or acquire a lesser glove first type of guy
Choose one of Lutz/Winker
Choose one of Yorman/Ervin
Choose one of any pitching prospect not named Stephenson
I'd be giving up a lot, but really it adds a huge bat for the Reds at the cost of a guy that could soon be replaced in the rotation, a guy at a position that could be covered and not sorely missed with the addition of Stanton and finally a bunch if pieces that would be blocked or not ready while the current group is ae to be together and compete.
It'd be risky, and may hurt in the short run but would make the Reds serious contenders the next two seasons while the current staff is intact, Votto isnt in a huge decline and the farm replenishes.
I really don't think the Marlins are going to let him go though. He's still very young, very cheap, and the one guy in their lineup people want to see.
I doubt they'd part with Christian Yelich either, another guy I really like, but not the power bat you and I both agree the Reds need.
Even if someone like that became available, do the Reds have the ammunition in the farm as well as the ready payroll cash to pull it off?
This team really needs its current crop to simply play better, particularly the guys who are supposed to be the hammers in the line up, Votto and Bruce.
Last edited by Old school 1983; 05-18-2014 at 06:12 PM.