My fellow Reds fans, I write this today to ask the question,when will the firesale begin? In an earlier post I propposed a couple of changes that the Reds should consider making. I have recently rethought one of my positons. The Reds should keep Junior. His drive for 600 is the only thing that is going to bring fans out to the stadium for rest of the year. But as for the rest of the team, what are we waiting for? Here are three ideas that I think might work:
1) Is it not time to bring up Joey Votto yet? Scott Hatteberg has been a really nice fill in for the past couple of years but is he really the future? Votto has been playing really well this year and in my estimation is the future at first for the Reds. Any team looking for a good veteran hitter would be a perfect trade partner. You could platoon Votto and Conine for the rest of the year, making Joey feel no pressure at all, then next year bring him on full time.
2) It's time to part ways with Adam Dunn. I know that he has "stepped up" his game this year, but what does that mean? Does that mean that he is going to strike out 10 times less than last year? I was at the game yesterday and they had a stat about him. He is the only player in Reds history to hit 40 HRs, 100 RBI, 100 Runs Scored, and 100 Walks, or something like that. And I thought to myself, "They should add 100 Ks to the list as well. I think that Adam Dunn could be great, but there is no one in this system who is pushing him to be great. Why are we happy with 40 and 100? Shouldn't we be expecting 50 and 120? Not only do I fault management for not expecting more but I also fault Dunn for not pushing himself to be better.
So the time is now to trade him. We cannot pick up his 13m option next year. And even if we do that I believe that he has a no trade clause or a list of teams that he can only be traded to. Let's trade him for a solid veteran bullpen pitcher (not over-the-hill:Stanton) and a solid middle infield prospect.
3) Let's not give up on our young pitchers. I know that Bailey, Belisle, McBeth, Salmon, Gosling, Coffey, and Coulangus have all underpreformed this year, but we can't give up on them. I am not giving them the excuse not to be able to get outs but I can deal with it more than say maybe Ricky Stone, Gary Majewski, or David Weathers. Let them get through this year, no matter how tough it is, and let them get that experience.
We could trade Kyle Loshe and try to get some pitching prospect or even a little cash, bring up Phil Dumatrait, let him get some innings in and see where our rotation can be next year.