I hear a lot on this board about how the Reds were better off staying put this offseason due to the outrageous contracts being given to average players. While this is true, I also feel Wayne could've improved the club, especially in terms of the offense. The pitching is tougher to solve, but with just an extra 10 million, which in this day and age is nothing, we could've had one hell of an offense.
Here is what I would've done to improve the offense, what would you have done?
First I would have traded for Sheffield, and signed him to an extension, that is where the extra money comes in.
Second, I would have signed Jose Guillen with A-Gons money, and moved Phillips to SS, and Freel to second.
Third, I would've moved Dunn to first whether he likes it or not.
That gives me this lineup, with only a 10 million jump in payroll:
I honestly believe that lineup is as good as any we have trotted out in a very long time, and it really wouldn't have cost that much more. It would've cost prospects and money for Sheffield, but A-Gons money would've paid for Guillen.
This was just my idea, I'm curious as to what you guys would've done with just the offense.