With the Reds situation in flux going into the offseason, it got me to thinking. I think its pretty obvious at this point (maybe to everyone except Wayne Krivsky) that Jay Bruce and Joey Votto are ready to play at the major league level. However the problem remains that the Reds have 3 OF's (Dunn, Griffey, Hamilton) and a LH-hitting 1B (Hatteberg) that all are under contract for next year (provided their relatively cheap options get picked up) and have all produced very well this year.
So what's the solution? Trading Dunn and/or Griffey is the popular answer. Another camp suggests moving one of them to 1B, an idea that would no doubt be very unpopular with the transplanted player. Yet others still suggest trading Votto and/or Hatteberg.
Jay Bruce must have a spot to play in next year. Josh Hamilton has obviously earned a starting spot as well. That leaves one corner OF spot and 1B in flux. Between Dunn, Jr., Votto and Hatteberg two of them must go in order for the Reds to maximize their talent on the field. Unfortunately Hatteberg probably won't bring much back in an offseason (a deadline deal may be different). Given the current FA market, and the value of pitching on the open market, I honestly believe that payflex (in the short term) is overrated. I am much more concerned with service time at this point. If the Reds are going to lose a player (like Dunn, for instance) to FA it is one thing, but I am not one to advocate trading Dunn to free up money to sign another Kyle Lohse to an overpriced deal.
My question is this: Given all the variables that are involved (age, contract status, major league production, etc.) which of the following three players do you think could bring the biggest return talent-wise this offseason: Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., or Joey Votto? Is it even close? My contention is whoever could bring back the most talent in a trade should be the one to go, period. Thoughts?