If I understand this correctly and maybe I don't...why not pay Stanton's buyout and use Rosales as the platoon corner guy. Rosales can play a very capable third and spent most of last season at first and did a pretty good job there as well (plus he can play a good 2b and a passable/emergency SS). There's no doubt Rosales can hit, he just has to prove that at the ML level. That rids the club of Stanton's big salary and they don't have to pay Rosales the league minimum. Given Helms is going into the twilight of his career, why not invest the time in a guy who could potentially be a mainstay for the Reds for the next 10 years or more and save a couple million bucks which can be spent on signing draft picks or picking up some more pitching depth.
there has to be something I don't understand about Stanton's salary/buyout. Everyone is talking about him being the odd man out, even Dusty has eluded to it. Am I missing something or are the Reds trying to find him a home (and get a little something in return) before dumping on him.