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    Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Ok.. So winning any type of division/wild card in 2007 is slightly out of the Reds reach. So since some of us have soured on Wayne Krivsky and his recent moves.. what would you do this off season to bolster this organization into contenders for 2008? What is your opening day roster? Projected pay-roll? Did you hire a new manager? Have fun with it..
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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Moves Made:

    Pick up Javy Valentin's option. With Ross's defense and Javy's bat they make a good pair and frankly their just isn't much out there to replace either.

    Pick up Adam Dunn's option for 2008 at 13 million (10 Teams in which Dunn can be dealt to).. Wouldn't one have to be Texas?

    Adam Dunn, Travis Wood, Mike Stanton and Cash (4 Million) to the Rangers
    Brandon McCarthy and Hank Blalock to the Reds

    Dunn would take over Sammy Sosa's role as DH as well as play some LF. He could even be converted to 1st baseman in spring training. Reds would get a young middle of the rotation guy and a power hitting corner infielder who could platoon with Encarnacion at 3rd and Votto at 1st.

    Sign Andruw Jones to a 5 years 110 million.

    Reds will have to over pay to get him but we need to replace Dunn's offense. Defense is what we should be going for and he has the Gold Gloves to prove it. He has had a off year but his power numbers are their. Put him in Great American Ball Park and stock up on fireworks. The line-up would look something like:

    Brandon Phillips - 2B
    Joey Votto - 1B
    Ken Griffey Jr. - RF
    Andruw Jones - CF
    Josh Hamilton - LF
    Hank Blalock - 3B
    Alex Gonzalez - SS
    David Ross - C

    The bench would then be stronger with:

    Edwin Encarnacion - 3B
    Ryan Freel OF/2B/3B
    Javy Valentin C/1B
    Jorge Cantu 2B/1B
    Jeff Keppinger 3B/SS/2B

    Sign Randy Wolf to a 3 year 28 million dollar deal w/ team option for 2011 at 12 million. He does have a team option with the Dodgers at $9 million or buy-out at $500,000. That option becomes guaranteed if he reaches 180 innings (currently at 102.2). The deal gives the Reds a solid starting rotation:

    Aaron Harang
    Bronson Arroyo
    Randy Wolf
    Brandon McCarthy
    Homer Bailey

    I move Matt Belisle to the bullpen and use him in long relief. With Belisle the bullpen consist of:

    Matt Belisle
    Jon Coutlangus
    Marcus McBeth
    Brad Salmon
    Jarrod Burton
    Bill Bray
    David Weathers

    To finish off the offseason I hire Davey Johnson as the new Reds manager. Davey has been out for some time but with the roster I'm putting together.. I think he would take the job.

    Estimated pay-roll would be: $91 Million (added $4 Million from the Dunn/Stanton deal)
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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Pick up Adam Dunn's option for 2008 at 13 million (10 Teams in which Dunn can be dealt to).. Wouldn't one have to be Texas?

    Adam Dunn, Travis Wood, Mike Stanton and Cash (4 Million) to the Rangers
    Brandon McCarthy and Hank Blalock to the Reds
    Dunn can't be traded until June 15th if the option is picked up.

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Having Edwin regularly sit on the bench would be a gross mismanagement of assets. He either needs to be traded, or played regularly.

    If the alternative to EE is Blalock, I will happily stick with the younger, cheaper, and better EE. Plus McCarthy would be a horrendous fit for GABP, and isn't very good to begin with.

    I also would not want to give Wolf nearly 10M per season when he's injured half the time.

    Also, I don't see any way the Reds are going to up their payroll by 20M. No chance.

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Quote Originally Posted by AvesIce51 View Post
    Dunn can't be traded until June 15th if the option is picked up.
    I think a lot of people are assuming he would waive that clause for the right deal.

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Quote Originally Posted by AvesIce51 View Post
    Dunn can't be traded until June 15th if the option is picked up.
    He can be traded to one of the 10 teams of his choosing. After June 15th he can be dealt to whomever.
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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Quote Originally Posted by AvesIce51 View Post
    Dunn can't be traded until June 15th if the option is picked up.
    I thought he had full no trade protection, that doesn't mean he can't be delt.

    If I am the GM here is what I do:
    Assuming Jr. hits 600
    -I talk to Jr, thank him for his services, and trade him to see if he can get that world series ring.
    -Guys who are not back on the big leauge club next year
    Stanton, Coffey, Freel, Valentine, Conine, Castro. Coffey starts in AAA, and the rest are traded, retired, or released.
    -Hatty is returned as a bench player.
    -Votto starts the season as the everyday 1b and is given half the year until he is platooned if he struggles.
    -Dunn's optoin is picked up and I either look to trade him or sign him to a multi year deal. This depends on what happens in FA
    -Hamilton is my starting RF
    -I look to try and add either Jones or Hunter in FA. I realize you will have to overpay but so be it, its time to do something for the fans.
    -I leave Bruce in AAA for the first month of the season
    -My bench consists of Hopper, Dickerson, Keppinger, Hatty,

    My rotation is
    Harang
    Arroyo
    Bailey
    Livingson
    Durmatrait

    Pen
    Belisle
    Bray
    Maj
    Salmon
    Count/Guradado
    Weathers
    McBeth

    Batters consist of
    1b Votto, Hatty
    2b Phillips, Keppinger
    SS Gonzo
    3B Encarnacion
    LF Dunn
    CF Jones/Hunter
    RF Hamilton
    C Ross, Moeller
    OF Hopper, Dickerson

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Here is what MLB4U has for Dunn's 2008 option and subsuquent no-trade clause.

    if the option is exercised, he receives a complete a no-trade clause until June 15, 2008 (after that date he can select 19 teams to which he cannot be traded to w/out his consent)

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Quote Originally Posted by RedLegSuperStar View Post
    He can be traded to one of the 10 teams of his choosing. After June 15th he can be dealt to whomever.
    From mlb4u.com

    if the option is exercised, he receives a complete a no-trade clause until June 15, 2008 (after that date he can select 19 teams to which he cannot be traded to w/out his consent)
    I guess he could wave the clause if he wanted to be dealt.

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    I wouldn't mind a trade with Texas but no way would I want either McCarthy or Blalock.
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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    I would do everything I could to acquire OF Jason Ellison. He's the difference.
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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    What about a 3-way trade where the main components would be the Reds getting Joe Nathan and a ML-ready prospect, the Angels get Adam Dunn and the Twins receive prospects and/or young players from the Angels?

    Something along the lines of:

    Reds get:
    Joe Nathan
    Jeff Mathis

    Angels get:
    Adam Dunn

    Twins get:
    Ervin Santana
    Erick Aybar
    Sean Rodriguez

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    No way I sign Randy Wolf. Always injured and out this season - you give him almost 10 million a year? Almost Eric Milton-esque.

    I don't make many drastic moves. Get rid of Conine and Stanton this season for anything if possible. Let Hatteberg walk, take the draft picks. See if Votto is ready - maybe sign a veteran backup to a minor league deal as insurance. Sign Guardado to an incentive laden contract. If you can get something of good value for Dunn, trade him - otherwise pick up the option and get the draft picks after the year is up. Most importantly, get rid of Castro.

    Roster
    Rotation: Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, Lizard, Belisle/Livingston/Cueto/Dumatrait
    Bullpen: Guardado, Weathers, Coutlangus, Bray, Salmon, McBeth, Coffey/odd man from rotation/minor league free agent

    Starters: Valentin, Votto, Phillips, Gonzalez, Encarnacion, Griffey, Hamilton, Dunn
    Bench: Freel, Hopper, Ross, Keppinger, Cantu/free agent

    If Dunn is traded, put Freel in the outfield until Bruce is ready.

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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Quote Originally Posted by kheidg- View Post
    No way I sign Randy Wolf. Always injured and out this season - you give him almost 10 million a year? Almost Eric Milton-esque.

    I don't make many drastic moves. Get rid of Conine and Stanton this season for anything if possible. Let Hatteberg walk, take the draft picks. See if Votto is ready - maybe sign a veteran backup to a minor league deal as insurance. Sign Guardado to an incentive laden contract. If you can get something of good value for Dunn, trade him - otherwise pick up the option and get the draft picks after the year is up. Most importantly, get rid of Castro.

    Roster
    Rotation: Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, Lizard, Belisle/Livingston/Cueto/Dumatrait
    Bullpen: Guardado, Weathers, Coutlangus, Bray, Salmon, McBeth, Coffey/odd man from rotation/minor league free agent

    Starters: Valentin, Votto, Phillips, Gonzalez, Encarnacion, Griffey, Hamilton, Dunn
    Bench: Freel, Hopper, Ross, Keppinger, Cantu/free agent

    If Dunn is traded, put Freel in the outfield until Bruce is ready.
    I like this plan. I would add the Lizard into the competition with the other four for the final two rotation spots. Homer better show me something at AAA in these last two months before I hand him the #3 spot in the rotation.

    I would try to sneak Weathers and Hatteberg through the waiver wire this month, and deal them if we can get something of value. I would even try to move Jr. if we could get decent value. I really liked the two deadline deals that Wayne did make, I just wish he would have dealt these guys also (particularly Weathers and the Hat.) I think either Jr. or Dunn should be moved by Opening Day to make room for the legend that is Jay Bruce.
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    Re: Reds Fantasy 2008: Your The GM!

    Quote Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
    What about a 3-way trade where the main components would be the Reds getting Joe Nathan and a ML-ready prospect, the Angels get Adam Dunn and the Twins receive prospects and/or young players from the Angels?

    Something along the lines of:

    Reds get:
    Joe Nathan
    Jeff Mathis

    Angels get:
    Adam Dunn

    Twins get:
    Ervin Santana
    Erick Aybar
    Sean Rodriguez
    I'm not interested in trading for closers, or any relief pitchers for that matter. I think finding a good reliever is more a matter of throwing what you have to the wall to see if it sticks, in a Krivksy-like manner. Granted, what Wayne has been doing so far has obviously failed, trading for guys is not the answer, either. Just ask Gary Majewski. I would much rather see what we have with Burton, Coutlangous, McBeth, Guevara, Roenicke et. al. than trade one of our most valuable chips for some relief help. I am in favor of moving Dunn given the right deal, but for me that criteria includes starting pitching, not relief.
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