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    Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    Saw today that the Padres declined their option on Ryan Klesko for next year. He was hurt most of this year and is 35yo.

    If healthy, I think this is the kind of guy I'd love to bring in. A power lefty bat off the bench and spot starter. He also has good plate discipline with career OBP of .372. I would think he would be an upgrade over Hollandsworth.

    Again, if healthy, is 3-4 mil per year for 1-2 years a legit offer? Or do you think he will be in greater demand, therefore driving up the cost?
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    I like the idea of him being a Red. Just not at that price. I'm thinking on the same lines of Frank Thomas deal with the A's. Wasn't it like 500K or 1 million?
    Maybe 2 years deal 1.5 first year and 2 million in year 2.

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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    no

    If Votto progresses he will take over 1B ~7/1/07 pushing Hatteberg to the bench. If we also had Klesko that would give us two old lefties off the bench who can only play 1B ( Klesko is bad in the outfield )

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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    Why would we need another lefthanded hitter that runs like a Rhino?

    I mean...I'm all for value and getting good players to sign cheap contracts, but as configured right now, Ryan Klesko doesn't fit a single need on this roster.

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    Klesko would be an upgrade from the Hollandsworth types...
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    I can't believe that Klesko is ONLY 35 years old. I feel like he's been around my entire life.

    I've always had a soft spot for him. No idea why. He might be a good pickup for the bench if he could be gotten cheaply, but I'm willing to be some organization will sign him to a more lucrative one-year deal.
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    I would be open to Mr. K bringing in Klesko.I would offer him a 1 year deal at about 1.5 mil. with a option for 2.5 mil. in 08.

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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    IMO, Klesko would at least be an even money bet to be better than Hatteberg next season. The Reds might very well need some more muscle out of 1B in 2007.

    As for Votto, if he turns out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the Reds can happily adjust for that. In the meantime he's a kid who's probably at least a year away, possibly two (because it's a long way from AA to being a plus hitter in the majors). Banking on a kid who's been up and down in his minor league career isn't the sort of thing the Reds need to be engaging in. The offense crumbled at the end of last season and the club would be well-advised to find a few good deals on some bats.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    As for Votto, if he turns out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, the Reds can happily adjust for that. In the meantime he's a kid who's probably at least a year away, possibly two (because it's a long way from AA to being a plus hitter in the majors). Banking on a kid who's been up and down in his minor league career isn't the sort of thing the Reds need to be engaging in.
    I think you underestimate Votto. He's a baseball rat who wants to be great and is willing to put in the time to get there. Note that last offseason he was playing for Canada (in addition to spending time in the AFL), and this year he's down in the Dominican. He's only had one "down" span in the minors, and that was while he was toiling under the take-a-strike edict in the hitter-unfriendly FSL. Check his career -- every other season has been outstanding -- it's nothing close to the yo-yo you suggest. Plate discipline, average, power, it's all there. Add in the reports that he's improved a lot on defense and on the basepaths (20+ steals), and you have a nearly finished product, in my opinion. Keep in mind, too, that being from Canada he didn't play baseball wall-to-wall as a kid. There is a lot to like about Votto, both on paper and off -- and I put him right there alongside Bruce as a prospect. Hatteberg is all the babysitting the Reds need at 1B -- I wouldn't go spending any more money there.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    hard to figure out what the Reds may/can do until they come to terms with what to do with Jr.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    I think you underestimate Votto. He's a baseball rat who wants to be great and is willing to put in the time to get there. Note that last offseason he was playing for Canada (in addition to spending time in the AFL), and this year he's down in the Dominican. He's only had one "down" span in the minors, and that was while he was toiling under the take-a-strike edict in the hitter-unfriendly FSL. Check his career -- every other season has been outstanding -- it's nothing close to the yo-yo you suggest. Plate discipline, average, power, it's all there. Add in the reports that he's improved a lot on defense and on the basepaths (20+ steals), and you have a nearly finished product, in my opinion. Keep in mind, too, that being from Canada he didn't play baseball wall-to-wall as a kid. There is a lot to like about Votto, both on paper and off -- and I put him right there alongside Bruce as a prospect. Hatteberg is all the babysitting the Reds need at 1B -- I wouldn't go spending any more money there.
    Hatteberg might not get the job done next year and, though I like Votto as a prospect, I draw a thick line between liking a guy and assuming he's going to seamlessly make the leap from AA to the majors. It's an extreme rarity. Joey Thurston was supposedly a can't-miss baseball rat. Toss Casey Kotchman into that can't-miss baseball rat pile too.

    We don't know how much babysitting first base will need. We all want the same thing, zero babysitting. Yet, and it's hard to stress this enough, just because we want it doesn't make it so. Most kids in AA need at least a year in AAA before they can beat on major league pitching. I hope Votto's an exception to the rule, but no way, no how am I assuming it.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Toss Casey Kotchman into that can't-miss baseball rat pile too.
    Kotchman was one of those overrated prospects(like Aybar) whose minor leauge offensive numbers just made you wonder what the scouts at looking at. Kotchman showed no power in the minors and all I heard was, "it will come as he develops". Well it hasn't and he can't stay healty either.

    At least Votto has shown power and patience at the minor league level, very good predictors for future success. he may not be ready in 2007 but I have a feeling that Hatty is not going to come close to repeating 2006.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    if the answer is bringing in a poor defender, the Reds are likely better off giving the job to Freel.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo Cabesa View Post
    At least Votto has shown power and patience at the minor league level, very good predictors for future success. he may not be ready in 2007 but I have a feeling that Hatty is not going to come close to repeating 2006.
    I like Votto as a prospect. I'm not sure where recognizing that the Reds probably have to wait for a good prospect to arrive translates to not liking a kid, but apparently that's the way folks take it.

    I'd separate out first basemen without power (Kotchman, Loney) from middle infielders. Guys like Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez have demonstrated in recent years just how far tools can take you at the SS position.

    I share your feeling on Hatteberg. I've noted before that his career year in 2006 produced an .825 OPS. If he drops down to his career .767 career mark, then the Reds have a decidedly underpowered 1B.
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    Re: Strengthening the bench - Klesko?

    I wouldn't mind adding a Padre to our bench...but, I would much rather it be Dave Roberts. It sounds like the Rockies are going to go after him hard though, according to an article I read on foxsports.


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