How long are Hatteberg, Womack and Aurillia's contracts? Are they up after this year? I ask because I for one think Brandon Phillips could be the real deal. He could finally fufill his once touted top-notch potential. And I say this knowing that I will be blasted for jumping to conclusions too early with such a small sample size and yadda yadda yadda. However, I loved this acquisition when it happened. For some reason, faded prospects have a way of flourishing in Cincinnati, and hopefully Brandon Phillips is the next in the line of Felipe Lopez, Jose Guillen, Juan Encarnacion, etc. While some have never found their luster like Ruben Mateo, Ruben Rivera, and Russ Branyan, the aforementioned have flourished into the allstar caliber players they were supposed to be when they were coming with other teams. If this is indeed the case, it would be scary to move Dunn to 1B (hence the Hatteberg/Aurillia/Womack question) and field a lineup of
LF Griffey, Jr.
for the next 5-10 years. Everyone in that lineup is young enough to play (and play relatively inexpensively) for the next five years with the exception of Griffey. I also believe that we should lock Harang and Claussen up to longterm yet relatively cheap Bronson Arroyo-like contracts. With the above lineup set and those three teamed up with an already improved Eric Milton, we are truly one frontline starter away from being a Pennant contender. And with our first two promising young guns in some time coming up through the minors in Travis Wood and Homer Bailey, the future may not be as bleak as you think!