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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    Not unless they make a rule about DHing for CFers
    He is not that bad a hitter. He hit .260 last year in less than a full season in AAA. Assuming he is not the starting center fielder next year, another year of seasoning could only help him. 2007 was his first season at AAA. If he can learn to cut down on the strikeouts next year, and make more contact, he would make an ideal center-fielder in 2009.

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    Very nice thread BaseClogger! I read the entire "Needs and Luxuries" concerning the Reds and also all of the comments....whew! What the Orioles fans need to understand, for those who say keep Bedard and build around him, they are fooling themselves because from everything I've read Bedard can't wait to leave Baltimore after the '09 season. So if that happens Baltimore will receive comparatively unknown talents in the compensatory rounds of the draft. Asking for Bruce, Bailey AND Cueto is preposterous but it's ok to ask, if indeed McPhail has asked Krivsky for what many Oriole fans are hoping for.

    Truth be known, I strongly believe the Reds and Mariners are more than happy to have the great quality and quantity of young, future stars. Baltimore is so envious, they're being greedy in their demands. If and when Bedard is traded, a smart GM will not fork over anything close to what we all have read as an asking price from the Reds and/or Mariners. Bedard is amazing, especially having come back from Tommy John surgery 4 years ago but that curve he throws will once again take its toll on Erik Bedard. Then throw in the oblique muscle injury last year and who knows what the overall effect that had or will have on his arm and shoulder in 2008 and beyond.

    I am convinced the Reds are better off keeping all of our young players for the next 5 to 6 years depending on the individual payer than having Bedard for 2 years as it would stand now. Just think of the daily returns from Jay Bruce and Joey Votto as Reds! Man I can't wait to watch these two on offense and defense! Add to that the fun we'll have watching Bailey, Cueto, Volquez and Maloney blossom into Major League pitchers behind Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo! Even Matt Belisle could improve. One of Belisle's strongest supporters was none other than Greg Maddux who said of Belisle when both were teammates on the Braves-"the kid gets it". The future looks brighter for the Reds than it has in many, many years.

    If Bedard is so great, Oriole fans, please by all means, just hang on to him.

    OBTW- Yes, the Reds will be better in 2008 but doubtful they even come close to winning the division. Now watch out in '09! Dusty Baker will know his players better and make better decisions, as will Walt Jocketty and Wayne Krivsky. Bob Castellini has proven that he puts his money where his mouth is and will bring in those 2008 post-season free agents that we need. At that point I look for the Reds and Arizona Diamonbacks to battle it out for the 2009 National League crown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nasty_Boy View Post
    But if Dunn is extended, why not extend him in order to keep him. I'm sure that if he would agree to an extension unless it was an LTC. I do agree that a decision has to be made. Dunn is too valuable as a player or as a trading chip to just let him walk away via free agency. I would rather Dunn be signed for 3-5 years and be done with it.
    I meant that he would waive his no trade clause if received a suitable extension from the potential team he would be traded to.
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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by AmarilloRed View Post
    I hear Chris Dickerson plays outstanding defense. He could be the defensive specialist you're looking for in 2009.
    I'd love for him to be able to hit enough to start at the ML level but I don't really see it. You're right though, if he could just hit a little, I'd have no problem with him in CF. Now if we still had that Denorfia guy...

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    Anyone with an obvious mind see 09 as being the year we are a better team.
    Let's see, who WON'T be on the 2009 roster, that is on the 2008:

    Ken Griffey Junior - no way we pick up his optoin
    Dunn (?) - who knows, definitely not for sure
    Hatteberg - cheap, veteran LH Bat off the bench if nothing else
    Valentin - cheap, veteran LH Bat/platooning Catcher
    David Ross - starting catcher, unless you plan on paying him $3.5M
    David Weathers - cheap, veteran set-up guy if nothing else

    Due HUGE raises:


    Cordero, $12M
    Harang, $11M
    Arroyo, $9.5M
    BP - 2nd year of Arbitration
    Belisle - 2nd year of Arbitration
    EE - 1st year of Arbitration

    Other big salaries:
    AGon - $5.75
    Freel - $4M
    Stanton - $2.5M (unless he DOESN"T get 71 appearances in 2008)

    and a WHOLE LOT of ????'s, especially in the OF. Replacing Junior and Dunn's offense is no small task, especially now that Hamilton is gone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    Out of the teams in the central we are the obvious team that got THE MOST BETTER! god that hurt just typing that.
    How so? We got a closer, but our Rotation is WORSE than it was last year. At least Kyle Lohse was a "proven" #3 starter, even though he was inconsistent, you could pencil him in for ~4.5ERA and ~1.3WHIP - even though it was maybe a 1.00 ERA one game and 8.00 the next...

    We've "promoted" Belisle to #3, even though he posted a 5.32 ERA - I know, I know, he was "UNLUCKY", and his Defense Independent ERA is as good as yada yada... let me clue you in to something: "HE'S GOT THE SAME DEFENSE BEHIND HIM THIS YEAR".

    We traded for Volquez, who MAY earn a SP spot, but that's more IF's. We traded away an arguably All-Star capable CF for him.

    The Cubs just signed Jon Leiber, that's more significant than anything we've done yet to help our starting pitching.

    The Astros got Miguel Tejada.

    The Cards traded Rolen for Glaus. A guy who may not have started for the Birds for a guy who can hit 30 HRs in his sleep.

    I wouldn't call us "Most Better" quite yet...

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    Lohse at the end of the year could have a 4.50 era but how he gets tehre is the most important part. Dominating starts of 1 hit ball followed by awful starts of no outs ball.

    You might think the rotation is worse but i fail to see how it honestly is. This year we at least have 5 pitchers instead of running crap like sarloos, ramirez, dumatrait, and santos out there to suffer through 4 innings of automatic loss.

    Belisle problems werent stuff related it was experience and mental mistakes related plus the unlucky thing, but I expect him to be more polished this time around.

    Jon Lieber is a joke coming off injuries and will be lucky to have 3 quality starts for the cubs next year. Not to mention i made my post before the signing

    The Cards traded for Glaus who best days are behind him because he stopped taking roids, have a huge question mark in center because they are going to rush Colby and who has any clue on if Carpenter is going to ever be back.

    Tejeda.. congrats on adding another aging player to your team Astros make sure he gets some B12 and can plan the whole left side of the infield
    Last edited by Bip Roberts; 01-16-2008 at 01:21 PM.

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    I love how you just ignore that we have Bruce, and Votto which should make up for the lost production of the often injured RF and Adam Dunn if we were to lose him. To project much farther is just a losing battle because we cant predict progression of some of our other guys in the minors that fairly right now
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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    I love how you just ignore that we have Bruce, and Votto which should make up for the lost production of the often injured RF and Adam Dunn if we were to lose him.
    I'm not ignoring them. My point is that they will ALL BE ON THE SAME ROSTER IN 2008, BUT WON'T IN 2009.

    If you think Bruce will hit 30 EXTRA HR"S in 2009 to make up for Griffey, and Votto will hit 40 EXTRA HR"S in 2009 to make up for Dunn, then you need to go back and check your Madden MLB Manager video game son...

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by BLEEDS View Post
    I'm not ignoring them. My point is that they will ALL BE ON THE SAME ROSTER IN 2008, BUT WON'T IN 2009.

    If you think Bruce will hit 30 EXTRA HR"S in 2009 to make up for Griffey, and Votto will hit 40 EXTRA HR"S in 2009 to make up for Dunn, then you need to go back and check your Madden MLB Manager video game son...

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    So our team will have a better offense in 08 than in 09 but our team will be better in 09 because of the young highly rated starting pitching getting more experience.

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    Lohse at the end of the year could have a 4.50 era but how he gets tehre is the most important part. Dominating starts of 1 hit ball followed by awful starts of no outs ball.

    You might think the rotation is worse but i fail to see how it honestly is. This year we at least have 5 pitchers instead of running crap like sarloos, ramirez, dumatrait, and santos out there to suffer through 4 innings of automatic loss.

    Belisle problems werent stuff related it was experience and mental mistakes related plus the unlucky thing, but I expect him to be more polished this time around.

    Jon Lieber is a joke coming off injuries and will be lucky to have 3 quality starts for the cubs next year. Not to mention i made my post before the signing
    Let me put it to you like the "Big Boys" do, from the ORG:
    Kc61
    ""I respectfully disagree. This is a team that last year went for the big stuff, the starting pitcher, Soriano, spent a lot of bucks. Now they are wisely filling in the missing pieces, a needed lefty bat, back-end of rotation guys, extra arms for depth (in the case of Wood, a high-risk and very high-reward guy).

    This is how you try to win and, sooner or later, it will click and the Cubs will have a very big year. Maybe this year, maybe next, but soon.

    Obviously the Cubs have a financial advantage, but I find their aggressiveness refreshing. I'm just not one to bank on pitching improving because "luck" may change and the other straws that people sometimes grasp at here. ""

    The Cubs are leaps and bounds "THE BETTEREST" in the off-season so-far, and especially if they get Roberts. We'd be wise to make a play to WIN, instead of hoping for everyone to have career/rebound years and "LUCK"...

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    So our team will have a better offense in 08 than in 09 but our team will be better in 09 because of the young highly rated starting pitching getting more experience.
    So you think Bailey/Cueto/Volquez will win enough games in 2009 - OVER 2008 - to make up for the loss of Dunn and Junior, and a couple veteran lefties off the bench? Come on!?!

    PS3 or X-Box?!?

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    09 position line up if we lose Dunn and or Junior
    1b Votto
    2b Phillips
    ss Gonzales i guess
    3b Edwin
    RF Bruce
    CF Lots of mediocre options
    LF ??

    Ok so we lost 1 major position. Could be filled by resigning Dunn, or taking Griffeys option

    Then we have our rotation
    Harang
    Arroyo
    Bailey
    Cueto
    Belisle
    Volquez
    Maloney

    all the young guys could have a lot of MLB experiance by 09

    Bullpen
    Cordero
    Burton
    Bray
    Mcbeth
    Salmon
    Pelland
    Viola
    Roenicke
    Coffey (question mark)
    Stanton just because of the contract.

    You have to assume that the young guys get better or its all for nothing anyways. You will never get better if the young guys never do.

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by BLEEDS View Post
    So you think Bailey/Cueto/Volquez will win enough games in 2009 - OVER 2008 - to make up for the loss of Dunn and Junior, and a couple veteran lefties off the bench? Come on!?!

    PS3 or X-Box?!?

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    I think 3 solid MLB starters will surely make up for the loss of an often injured RF with terrible D and the possible loss of Adam Dunn. God forbid we have a good rotation one of these years. We all know having a great line up and bad pitching works wonders lets just keep trying it.... If anyones playing video games its you sir. You cant just make a great line up and win every game 10-9

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    Seriously we are nit picking, Cubs added Jon Lieber and Fukudome this season. The Reds added a closer and have better young players. Lets be serious cubs were a better team to start of the offseason but imo we filled our holes better than any other club in the division

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    Re: Needs and Luxuries: Cincinnati Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    09 position line up if we lose Dunn and or Junior
    1b Votto
    2b Phillips
    ss Gonzales i guess
    3b Edwin
    RF Bruce
    CF Lots of mediocre options
    LF ??
    Versus a lineup in 2008 of:
    1b Votto
    2b Phillips
    ss Gonzales
    3b Edwin
    RF Griffey
    CF Bruce
    LF Dunn

    Looks like you replaced Griffey with "Lots of Mediocre Options" and Dunn with ???

    Looks like two ???'s to me...

    Also, you forgot Catcher, BOTH Ross and Valentin are FA's after this year. Let me guess, that's not a ??? either?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bip Roberts View Post
    Then we have our rotation
    Harang
    Arroyo
    Bailey
    Cueto
    Belisle
    Volquez
    Maloney
    Yes, it is the SAME, but you still have slotted Bailey as a #3 and he's not proven he can handle that yet. Bailey/Cueto/Volquez as your #4/#5 would be great - if we had better TOR guys beyond Harang.

    We need to take advantage of what we've got in 2008, and set things up for the future as well.

    And, just for the record, I AM excited about our young guys - moreso Votto and Bruce - but the pitchers can't be thrown to the wolves if you want them to succeed. That's why we need a Veteran SP, at a MINIMUM, and should go for a #2 SP so everyone - including Arroyo - drops down a slot in the rotation. THEN we can compete for 2008 AND 2009, and beyond...

    Harang, Arroyo, Cordero, all signed through 2010, with options for 2011, then they are all ???'s too. Getting a Bedard/Blanton for 2-3 years would be the BEST core to add to our pitching staff - then alow us to bring along the young pitchers so that they can DEVELOP slowly and possibly be groomed to replace these guys.

    I would also sign Dunn to an LTC right now - 4 years minimum, to match this window - and then take my chances with only having to consider Griffey and some bench depth, in addition to Catcher.

    We aren't really THAT far apart, and we have the same goals, I'm just not ready to say we're there yet and think we have everything set up for the short/long-term just yet.

    WK and Jockety need one more BIG play in FA/Trade, then sign Dunn LTC, then I'll be pacified - for now.

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