Well, the deal is done - like it or not. Whether it actually gets us to the playoffs remains to be seen. One thing I believe is certain, Krivsky will need to do more than this between now and when ST breaks if this club is to continue to compete beyond this season. Here's my take:
Definitely back (unless the right deal comes along):
Possible minor league help:
* RH 1B/OF (to pair with Hatteberg or Votto)
* 2 young 2B/SS types
* a solid young OF if Junior is moved
* Veteran 4th OF
* Insurance C
1B - I would possibly bring Hatteberg back if I wasn't sure that Votto would break ST with the Club. I'd add a RH 1b/OF to pair with Votto or Hatteberg. Votto and Hat aren't on the same roster.
2B/SS - Phillips is at one spot. I don't really like anyone else (ML/AAA/AA) as a starter. I'd like to have two young MI's to compete for the job opposite him, with the odd man out going to AAA to play everyday and act as insurance. I expect Freel to be dealt for some kind of return, but would love his versatility/fire back. Harris may be fine as a backup at 2B/SS/3B if Freel goes. I don't mind Castro in a reserve role as much as many do, but Olmedo or Bergolla might work as a reserve. Hopefully Aurilla and especially Clayton
3B - Encarnacion
LF - Dunn
CF - Probably Griffey, but I'd like to see him move to RF and leave CF to Denorfia/Freel.
RF - (see CF)
Reserve OF - I'd like to see a vet with some punch, along the lines of a Reggie Sanders, added to strengthen the bench and act as insurance in case a starter goes down. If not, I could see Moran competing with Wise for the last spot. If I can move Griffey's contract off the books and add a
promising young OF and maybe a young power bullpen arm in return, I seriously consider it.
C - Ross and Valentin. I would be shocked if LaRue is still around. I wouldn't mind seeing them add a solid semi-veteran in Louisville as insurance.