Is it just me or does it seem like every team(including the Royals and Rays)have made noise this winter so far except the Reds.I mean yeah sure the Reds hired Dusty Baker but nothing on the player front so far.I mean not even a whisper of a trade rumor or a free agent signing.With all the players out there right now that could be had there should be some noise on the Reds front.Next is what I think the Reds should try to do this winter.
Firt off trade for M Cabrera from the MArlins.Sure he will cost a lot but this franchise needs a player like Miggy.He could be had for a hefty price but i think the Reds need to try and oull the trigger.Maybe send EE or Votto(there choice the one that stays plays first),Cueto,Burton,Belisle,and Stubbs to the Marlins for Miggy.This maybe enough to pry him away.If not you may have to offer some other package but I would try to get Miggy on the Reds team.
Next I would sign Gagne to a 2 year 10 million contract with a option for 2010 worth 9 mil.This would give the Reds a reliable closer who would go back to be a All Star closer in the NL.
Then I would trade for Jon Garland from the White Sox.Send them Wood,Valiha,(spelling not sure if this is correct)and either Hopper or Keppinger there choice.This would give Cincy a good #3 starter behind the big 2.
I would also sign Jon Leiber to a 2 year 8 mil. deal to be either the 4th or 5th starter.Either behind or in front of Baliey.HE would be a great guy to help teach Bailey and a great club house guy.We could get a slightly above 500 pitcher to fill in a hole with Leiber.
Then I sign David Riske to be in the bullpen and replace Burton.Probably around 10 mil for 3 years.Let him or Wethers be the setup man.He would be a great addition to the Reds pen.
Then I would (get ready this is a little out of left field) sign Paul Loduca to a 2 yr 8/10 mil. deal.The Reds need a good defensive catcher who can handle a bat.Sure he doesnt have the power Ross does but he is a better overall catcher>he is still worth 5 or 6 mil a year for what he does with the pitching staff and bat.
So lets look at what the lineup would be with these trades and signings.
1)LoDuca-C 4 mil.
2)Phillips-2B probably around 3 mil.
4)Miggy-3B 8 mil.
5)Dunn-LF 13 mil.
6)Hamilton-CF 1 mil.
7)Votto or EE- around 1 or 2 mil.
8)Gonzo-SS 4 mil.
1)Harang- I think he is the 8 or 9 mil range next year.
2)Arroyo- hes around the same as Harang I think.
3)Jon Garland- The Reds pay around 5 mil. or his salary.
4)Bailey- 1mil. or so
5)Leiber- 4 mil.
CL-Gagne 5 mil.
setup-Wethers- 3 mil.
setup- Riske- 3 mil.
Lefty-Stanton -2 mil.
righty-magic man 1 mil.
righty- Macbeth 1 mil.
OF-FA or MInor leauger
OF-same as above
Now that looks like a solid playoff contending 25 man roster if I do say so.So if Mr. Bob does raise the payroll like has been reported this roster could work out.Its around 85/87 mil.Now I know that its probably not going to raise that much but its fun to play with the Fa and trade possibiltys.But I thin if we some how get a lineup close to this the Reds will be in the playoffs next season.What do ya think.Thanks for reading.