I will be extremely upset if Denorfia doesn't make the team. Chad Moeller sucks, plain and simple. There is no need for him on the roster.
Projected 25-man roster
BY JOHN FAY | JFAY@ENQUIRER.COM
Here's our best guess at the 25-man roster coming north. Last year, we were 20-for-25. The Bronson Arroyo-for-Wily Mo Peņa trade cost us two spots:
Ryan Freel, CF: He'll be leading off. Still too early to be certain whether he'll be in center field or right.
Brandon Phillips, 2B: If Phillips can build on last year, he's a budding star.
Ken Griffey Jr., RF: The Reds need him to be the 2005 Griffey, not the 2006 Griffey.
Adam Dunn, LF: Hopefully for the Reds, not trying to make the switch to first base will help Dunn's offense.
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B: His bat is good enough - .276, 15 HRs, 72 RBI in 117 games last season - but he needs to cut his errors by a third or more. Twenty-five is too many.
Scott Hatteberg, 1B: He had a good year, despite a disastrous September (.206, no HRs, four RBI).
Alex Gonzalez, SS: The Reds are hoping for an average in the .260 range and 60, 70 RBI. His defense is what they're paying for.
David Ross, C: He tailed off after the All-Star Break, but 21 HRs and 52 RBI in 247 at-bats isn't bad.
Juan Castro, INF: If they gave a Gold Glove to a utility player, he'd deserve it.
Jeff Conine, 1B/OF: How effective he is as the right-handed-hitting first baseman will be a key to the club's success.
Josh Hamilton, OF: The Reds seem set on carrying him on the roster. He's athletic enough to play defense in the big leagues now. But his bat is rusty and unproven.
Chad Moeller, C: GM Wayne Krivsky seems to like the three-catcher setup. If the club goes with two catchers, Chris Denorfia or Norris Hopper would make the team in the outfield.
Javier Valentin, C: He hit .286 vs. right-handers and tied for the NL lead with five pinch-hit home runs.
Aaron Harang: If he can take the next step, you can call him an ace. Last year's numbers - 16-11, 3.78 ERA, a league-leading 215 strikeouts - aren't too bad.
Bronson Arroyo: Throw out his awful July and he was 14-8 with a 2.95 ERA. Even with the bad month, he was the Reds' best starter.
Eric Milton: This is the Reds' last chance for big returns on their $25 million investment.
Kyle Lohse: When he's on, he's very good. Trouble is, he's been off as much as on the last couple of years.
Kirk Saarloos: He was 10-9 two years ago. The Reds would take that in the fifth spot.
Matt Belisle: We're assuming Saarloos is the fifth starter. Belisle had a good year and was good in Winter Ball. Question is whether his back is OK for the long haul.
Bill Bray: Thing to remember is he's only 23.
Todd Coffey: He could end up getting another shot at closing. Throw out one awful appearance and his ERA was 3.12 last season.
Rheal Cormier: His ERA was nearly three runs higher after the trade from Philly.
Gary Majewski: The Reds are hoping rest was all his shoulder needed.
Mike Stanton: Turns 40 on June 2, but he was good as the closer late last season for San Francisco.
David Weathers: Had a 1.64 ERA in 29 appearances in the second half last season.