If the Reds acquire a top-notch pitcher, my guess is its going to be either Erik Bedard or Dan Haren, and it's going to cost a lot in terms of talent (which I'm perfectly fine with).
I'm thinking Josh Hamilton and either Homer Bailey or Johnny Cueto is as good as gone if either of those two are acquired. Lincecum is the other guy to watch, and he will cost at least one of the aforementioned in addition to Encarnacion. Stay tuned...
We have three better hitters than Geoff Jenkins, and I would part with any one of them for the right starting pitcher. Great leverage for us to find an above average starting pitcher paired with a top prospect not named Jay Bruce.The Phillies and Rays both spoke with Damon Lapa, the agent for free-agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins. It's not a strong year for left-handed hitting corner men -- with Trot Nixon, Shawn Green, Cliff Floyd, Brad Wilkerson and Luis Gonzalez as the other main options -- so Jenkins is getting considerable play. "We expect multiple multiyear offers," Lapa said. San Diego and Texas are among the other clubs keeping tabs on Jenkins.
This might sound like a Krusty deal, but I wonder if the Reds could become players for Santana with Dunn in the deal? Then, we are talking about incremental dollars and maybe could get Santana signed. Or perhaps Dunn might pry away one of Oakland's studs wihtout losing a top 4 prospect. I love Adam Dunn, but if we wanna play with the big boys...
I imagine the press dislikes the hotel more than the execs. If it's a sprawling complex then the press doesn't have a central location (aka, bar) to get the latest gossip.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Make that a thing.
If they were going to pony up the cash, they would most likely do it for their franchise pitcher before a newcomer that had yet to endear himself to the fanbase. Remember, they have that new stadium in their sites, and I doubt they want a fan mutiny for letting someone like Santana go, unless they genuinely can't afford it.
Forget about Santana, look at Haren and Bedard. I believe that's where the Reds will find their pitching solution.