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    -Ship out one of Ryan Freel/Norris Hopper and call up Jerry Hairston Jr. from Louisville. Hairston is not exactly a savior but he's hitting .404/.436/.712 and could provide an upgrade to Freel or Hopper. Also, I'd phone Reggie Sanders and see if he has any interest in returning to Cincinnati as a 4th outfielder. If so, he takes the place of Hairston.

    -Call up Jay Bruce and insert him into the lineup as the everyday center fielder. I keep Patterson around as a defensive replacement and bat off the bench.

    -Send Todd Coffey to Louisville and bring up Bill Bray. Bray has been dominant in Louisville - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K. I think he's ready to step his game up and become a very good reliever.

    -Place David Weathers on the disabled list and call up RHP Josh Roenicke from Chattanooga. Roenicke pitched strong in spring training and is off to a good start in Chattanooga. He, along with Cordero and Burton give the Reds some heat in the back of the bullpen.

    Reggie Sanders can still hit lefties and provides some 'pop' off the bench. The addition of Bruce to the lineup adds power and in the meantime strengthens the bench with Patterson now the 4th/5th outfielder. Bray and Roenicke have great arms and could help the bullpen tremendously.

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    Agreed, I'm really afraid they aren't going to do anything until it is to late to matter.
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    I absolutely agree the time is now to bring Bruce up here. After today's game Patterson is now in a 1 for 25 slump. The offense is not working at all and a big part of that is the leadoff hitter is basically an automatic out right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    -Ship out one of Ryan Freel/Norris Hopper and call up Jerry Hairston Jr. from Louisville. Hairston is not exactly a savior but he's hitting .404/.436/.712 and could provide an upgrade to Freel or Hopper.
    I totally agree. Although I'm no Hopper fan, I'd rather have him than Freel for not only economic reasons, but alsothe skill set.

    Also, I'd phone Reggie Sanders and see if he has any interest in returning to Cincinnati as a 4th outfielder. If so, he takes the place of Hairston.
    I'm not sure I want another octagarian on this team. Let's go with the kids.

    -Call up Jay Bruce and insert him into the lineup as the everyday center fielder. I keep Patterson around as a defensive replacement and bat off the bench.
    Absolutely. He's proven all he needs to prove at AAA. Unfortunately, I don't think it will happen. Wayne is cautious to a fault.

    -Send Todd Coffey to Louisville and bring up Bill Bray. Bray has been dominant in Louisville - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K. I think he's ready to step his game up and become a very good reliever.
    I'm no Bray fan, but I agree. Although Todd pitched fairly well on Friday, he's just not going to help us now. Bray might.

    -Place David Weathers on the disabled list and call up RHP Josh Roenicke from Chattanooga. Roenicke pitched strong in spring training and is off to a good start in Chattanooga. He, along with Cordero and Burton give the Reds some heat in the back of the bullpen.
    I don't if they'll place Weathers on the DL, but I'm fairly certain that Roenicke will have to spend some time in AAA before they bring him up.

    Pitching is not the problem and only a little tweaking is needed, but the offense is killing this team. With only 68 hits in the last eight games (11 of which came in one game) to go along with averaging about 3 runs a game means you need offense. We can live with our pitching right now. We need to score runs!
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    I agree with OBM on the majority, just not on Sanders.

    Does Hopper have any options left? If he does I can't see any reason why Bruce couldn't trade places with Hopper and find ample playing time on this squad as Bruce can play all the outfield positions.

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    Castro DFA. Hopper to AAA. Weathers and Arroyo to DL.

    Bruce, Hairston and Bray recalled, Belisle activated.

    Not the ideal line-up, but probably the best one that Dusty may consider.

    Keppinger SS
    Votto 1B
    Phillips 2B
    Griffey RF
    Dunn LF
    Encarnacion 3B
    Bruce CF
    Bako C

    the bench

    Hairston RHPH, can play anywhere in the IF or OF.
    Hatteberg LHPH, 1B
    Freel RHPH, PR, CF and Lead-off versus lefties. Can play all 3 OF spots, 2B and 3B.
    Javy C, LHPH can hit RH if needed.
    Patterson. LHPH, PR, Designated Bunter, Defensive CF with Bruce moving to RF late in games.

    The Rotation

    Harang
    Volquez
    Belisle
    Cueto
    Fogg

    the Pen

    Cordero CL
    Lincoln 8th
    Bray LH
    Affeldt LH
    Mercker RH
    Burton RH
    Coffey Mop-up.

    Hopefully Weathers and Arroyo can regain their form with 15 days of rest. Arroyo needs a rehab start or two to get it together then Fogg goes to the pen and probbly Coffey down to AAA. If Weathers can come back strong, I'd sy Burton is the next guy on the bubble, though Bray doing well is not a given IMO and the DL

    Hairston is really hot and may help off the bench immediately, though I'd suspect that he'll be back to his .200 hitting ways before long. The team still needs to be looking for ways to add a RH Corner bat with pop that can PH and play when Griffey, Dunn or Votto sits. A better catcher would help too. Ross isn't it. A reliever or two (Coffey if he can pitch well a few more times??) coupled with some combination of Freel, Hatte, Hopper and minor leaguers like McBeth, Maloney and maybe even Thompson would be my primary trade bait. If Gonzo appears like he may actually play soon, I'd deal EdE if they Reds could get a good return that would fix the fit. Keppinger could play 3B and lead-off every day that way.
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    If Arroyo hits the DL, they should give Homer another chance. He has been lights out in AAA.

    Just sayin'.
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    You mean HGH Jerry Hairston Jr? You'll have to lay off the Cardinal player then if they do OBM. But looking at his numbers, I could see it was an act of pure desperation on his part.

    How could he help this team, regardless of what he is currently doing at AAA? He's just another ex-Cub OFer with very mediocre numbers (3 yr seasonal avg).....

    .231 BA .301 OB% .323 SLG% .624 OPS (.576 vs lefties).

    They are not going to recall Bruce (waste options) unless he is playing everyday. And I agree with that position.

    Send Hopper and/or Freel out where? They've been trying to trade Freel, but with no luck (thanks to that contract). Players like these are a dime a dozen IMO. If your objective is to open up roster spots because it's holding someone behind them back, then fine, DFA Freel and eat that contract. But these are role/bench players to begin with. Who are they holding back? And I don't want them DFAing these guys just to bring up a Bruce to sit the bench and get limited ABs. That doesn't help a 21 yr old at all.

    The problem with this team is not Freel, Hooper, and even dreaded Castro, sitting on this bench. It's not even the pitching, especially the bullpen....

    Code:
                ERA   WHIP   DIP%  BAA   OB%   OPS   SO   BB
    starters    4.32  1.24   103  .241  .309  .739  144   56
    relievers   3.81  1.25   108  .233  .310  .681   51   24
    And one can thank Fogg for his contribution to those starter's numbers. He is now in the BP. I hope the next move is out the door once Belisle comes back on Monday. And I'll take Bray in the BP over Fogg. IMO, Arroyo is not hurt. He is simply being typical "April" Arroyo as far as I'm concerned. He was 0-2 last April in 5 starts. He was traded for/signed to be a starter by the Reds as an act of desperation (need) at that position. IMO, and I think Boston knew this, his proper role is in long relief/bullpen.

    This offense has come out of the gate in a season beginning funk. Period. This team is probably not as good as many thought they were going into this season (due to optimism), regardless of the moves/trades they made.... and they aren't, IMHO, as bad as they are currently playing. They are 7-11 with 11 games left to play in April. And 7 of those 11 remaining games are against teams (Astros, Dodgers, Giants) who are currently struggling as bad as we are. We end April vs the Cards.

    So if we can come out of April anywhere near a .500 team then I'm not going to panic or try to make major moves.

    Where do I assess any blame (finger pointing) at this stage of the season?

    #1 - I fault key players whom we normally rely on. We have a team SLG% of .386.

    Look at these numbers with RISP....

    Code:
                  BA    OB%   SLG%    OPS   
    Dunn         .167  .353   .167 	 .520
    Griffey      .200  .350   .467 	 .817
    Encarnacion  .308  .500   .538 	1.038
    Phillips     .375  .444   .625 	1.069
    Votto        .400  .400   .900 	1.300
    Who is the "guilty" culprit for the most part?

    Do we believe that Adam Dunn is going to continue to perform at this level? I personally don't. Which brings me to point #2 as to why this team is struggling...

    Dusty Baker

    He is portrayed as being an "old school" manager. But I'm considered old school too, as well as several other old timers on this forum. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we have always firmly believed that the top of your order is to manned by guys who have proven to be able to consistently get on base (table setters). That is not a philosophy that has been recently discovered or unearthed; but someone needs to email this news to Dusty.

    A "typical" Baker lineup is (with OB% included)....

    Patterson .263
    Keppinger .387
    Griffey .357
    Phillips .333
    Dunn .433
    EE .364
    Votto .326
    Bako/Valentin .380/.273

    IMHO - Dusty Baker does not construct his lineup to maximize (get the most out of) his payers. Yes, Adam is struggling; but Baker is is not helping Dunn right now batting him 5th. He leads the team in OB%, and MLB in BBs (20). The guy continues to prove he gets on base. He is not going to see the quality of pitches in the #5 spot. Why wouldn't a pitcher pitch around him (or cautiously)? Put him at #2.

    I also think EE needs to put in the lineup where he sees more quality pitches.

    I like Keppinger in the leadoff spot. From a hitting standpoint (style), he reminds me a lot of Rose. Pete had a career OB% of .375 which was primarily BA-driven. He averaged around 70 BBs/season. Pete could hit. So can Keppinger.

    Keppinger
    Dunn
    EE
    Votto
    Griffey
    Phillips
    Patterson
    Bako/Valentin
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    I don't know GAC. This team has been in a position several times already this year where a PH was needed and a big hit would have made the difference. The bench options at Dusty's disposal are Castro (among the worst hitters of all time and now has no range on defense either), Hopper (can't hit the ball out of the IF), Freel (best choice right now and he is at least a full season removed from being effective), Hatteberg (completely neutralized by a LHP) and Javy (the back-up catcher who is also neutralized by LHP). Hopper has options and doesn't add anything to this team that they can't already get from Freel or Patterson. Patterson is in a huge slump and needs to be benched but the roster has no better on hand alternatives. I say Bruce comes up and plays CF (fortifying the line-up), Patterson to the bench to play Hopper's role (with better defense, more speed, more power and just as good at small ball when he wants to be) and Hairston comes up to be the RH hitter for now while he is hot. Hairston has been getting starts at SS and can play there if necessary. If Keppinger gets hurt and is going to miss significant time, the Reds can recall Janish. He would be better defensively than Castro and probably no worse on offense.

    There is really no reason for Castro or Hopper to be on this team as its currently constructed. Hopper has some skill that can be called on in a pinch and can be stashed at AAA in case he's needed. Castro is of no value and DFA is the right move. If somebody wants him that is even better. That would stop the team from actually playing him ever again. Its obvious that Dusty only turns to Hopper or Castro when he has no other alternative. I say give him better alternatives. I do think Hairston won't be much better in the long run, but lets use him while he's hot and look for a better long term fix.

    If Patterson gets hot again, Bruce can be sent back down if he doesn't grab the job permanently. Bruce hasn't used any options yet and I seriously doubt that he'll need to use all of his. If he's not in the line-up in three years (when his options would expire) then this team has huge problems and Bruce being out of options won't matter much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    They are not going to recall Bruce (waste options) unless he is playing everyday. And I agree with that position.

    Who are they holding back? And I don't want them DFAing these guys just to bring up a Bruce to sit the bench and get limited ABs. That doesn't help a 21 yr old at all.

    This offense has come out of the gate in a season beginning funk. Period.

    #1 - I fault key players whom we normally rely on. We have a team SLG% of .386.

    Look at these numbers with RISP....

    Code:
                  BA    OB%   SLG%    OPS   
    Dunn         .167  .353   .167 	 .520
    Griffey      .200  .350   .467 	 .817
    Encarnacion  .308  .500   .538 	1.038
    Phillips     .375  .444   .625 	1.069
    Votto        .400  .400   .900 	1.300

    Dusty Baker


    A "typical" Baker lineup is (with OB% included)....

    Patterson .263
    Keppinger .387
    Griffey .357
    Phillips .333
    Dunn .433
    EE .364
    Votto .326
    Bako/Valentin .380/.273

    IMHO - Dusty Baker does not construct his lineup to maximize (get the most out of) his payers.

    Keppinger
    Dunn
    EE
    Votto
    Griffey
    Phillips
    Patterson
    Bako/Valentin
    I wouldn't hold back Votto because of a veteran first baseman and because Votto bats left handed. So I don't see any sense in holding back Bruce just because he is 21 and bats left handed over the likes of Corey Patterson, Hopper and Freel.

    I have to think that Bruce hits as well as Votto throughout the levels and that Bruce would hit as well or better than Votto at this level.

    How much value does Patterson bring with his glove and bat over Bruce with his bat and glove? I don't think Patterson has any value over Bruce. We lived with a high risk Hamilton last year in center and at the plate and it turned out just fine, at least when Hamilton was healthy, I believe that it would turn out just fine with Bruce also.

    I think that your discussion regarding offensive funk, the OB% and RISP
    supporting data, along with Dusty having room to make out lineups that do not present the players the best chance to perform well makes a case for biting the bullet and getting Bruce up here.

    As long as Dusty has junk to tinker with, he will. I believe that Bruce, like Votto is, would force Dusty to play him.

    Isn't Bruce a better all round player than Votto anyway? Then why would Bruce fail at this level automatically just because he is younger and bats left handed?

    Start Bruce and forget about Patterson, Hopper and Freel.

    Keppinger
    Dunn
    EE
    Votto
    Griffey
    Phillips
    Bruce /Patterson
    Bako/Valentin

    Bruce as a number 7 hitter over Patterson looks low risk to me.

    Risk ? Worry ? Concerns ?

    When Phillips came who knew what was coming besides a DFA second baseman allegedly with an attitude and a love for swinging for the fences?

    When Hamilton came who knew what was coming after such a long layoff from a right fielder that could hit in the lower levels and never above A ball? Thrust into center field??

    What was Freel or Hopper for that matter and they performed alright at their ability levels.

    What was Patterson before he came here with his history, yet we accept him over Bruce?

    Who and what was Keppinger, a part-time backup that might be able to sustain some hitting ability at this level, but who knew?

    Something is wrong with this picture of holding Bruce back just because of his age and center field.

    Stero-typing and the same old paradigm of thinking is the only thing holding Bruce back in my mind. It didn't seem to hold back the long list above, why Bruce?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVRed View Post
    If Arroyo hits the DL, they should give Homer another chance. He has been lights out in AAA.

    Just sayin'.
    Homer is a project that has gone back to square one to regain his command. Now that he has seemingly improved in that area he needs to regain his bat missing ability while retaining that command and pitch efficiency. He also is a kid that hasn't really had a year as a full time starter with lots of IP (140 or so being his tops in 2006). At age 21 with his light workload history, I'd guess he would be a huge injury risk on a team that may need to overuse him from time to time in a penant chase. I also think that having a rotation with three kids like Volquez, Cueto and Homer all breaking in at once, puts all of them at risk. I'd rather leave Fogg in there and let Dusty abuse him if need be.

    I don't think that Homer belongs in a big league rotation this year no matter how effective he may be. The only way I would do that is if the team was out of the race and could insulate him from overuse by having a few journeymen vets at the ready who could come in (and probably get hammered) while eating the innings that the team would be asking of its starters if it were trying to win. IMO Fogg is a better short term alternative for a couple weeks while Arroyo regroups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    You mean HGH Jerry Hairston Jr? You'll have to lay off the Cardinal player then if they do OBM. But looking at his numbers, I could see it was an act of pure desperation on his part.

    How could he help this team, regardless of what he is currently doing at AAA? He's just another ex-Cub OFer with very mediocre numbers (3 yr seasonal avg).....

    .231 BA .301 OB% .323 SLG% .624 OPS (.576 vs lefties).
    Hairston>Castro. Other than that I completely agree with you. Despite Hairston's AAA numbers he is not going to have that success in Cincy. As amove to replace Castro, okay. Expecting him to make a material difference is ignoring history.

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    They are not going to recall Bruce (waste options) unless he is playing everyday. And I agree with that position.
    I agree Bruce must play every day but why not? CF with CP as the 4th OFer. That beats the crap out of Norris as 4th OFer. At he very least you get great defense and the chance of some pop. Jay can also play left and right as he's ben doing in AAA, letting Junior and Dunn have a day off(esp Junior). It might even get Dusty to hit CP in the 8th hole when he does play. Then Bruce leading off and CP 8th has 2 guys batting in spots that actually make sense. Of course I'm beginning to believe Dusty would bat them exactly the reverse just to screw things up.

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Send Hopper and/or Freel out where? They've been trying to trade Freel, but with no luck (thanks to that contract). Players like these are a dime a dozen IMO. If your objective is to open up roster spots because it's holding someone behind them back, then fine, DFA Freel and eat that contract. But these are role/bench players to begin with. Who are they holding back? And I don't want them DFAing these guys just to bring up a Bruce to sit the bench and get limited ABs. That doesn't help a 21 yr old at all.
    Send Norris to AAA. Let Freel stay as the 5th OFer, and emergency b/u at 3rd and Phillips b/u at 2nd. Bruce plays 90% of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    The problem with this team is not Freel, Hooper, and even dreaded Castro, sitting on this bench. It's not even the pitching, especially the bullpen....

    Code:
                ERA   WHIP   DIP%  BAA   OB%   OPS   SO   BB
    starters    4.32  1.24   103  .241  .309  .739  144   56
    relievers   3.81  1.25   108  .233  .310  .681   51   24
    And one can thank Fogg for his contribution to those starter's numbers. He is now in the BP. I hope the next move is out the door once Belisle comes back on Monday. And I'll take Bray in the BP over Fogg. IMO, Arroyo is not hurt. He is simply being typical "April" Arroyo as far as I'm concerned. He was 0-2 last April in 5 starts. He was traded for/signed to be a starter by the Reds as an act of desperation (need) at that position. IMO, and I think Boston knew this, his proper role is in long relief/bullpen.
    Thank you. I get tired of reading posts ripping the pen and pitchers, especially Arroyo. They are NOT this team's problem. If your offense digs the pitchers a hole night after blooming night by not scoring and the pitchers keep the team in it, keep the team in a position where 4 or 5 runs would win - then guess what people? IT's not the freakin' pitching staff!!!!!!!!! Arroyo is NOT done. He has pitched his normal April mediocre but still good enough to have kept the Reds in games if the offense had just scored an average amount of runs in his starts. Last time out? Well, any time Arroyo against the Brewers offense matches up with Ben Sheets against the Reds offense it's not looking good. What do you want from him?

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    This offense has come out of the gate in a season beginning funk. Period. This team is probably not as good as many thought they were going into this season (due to optimism), regardless of the moves/trades they made.... and they aren't, IMHO, as bad as they are currently playing. They are 7-11 with 11 games left to play in April. And 7 of those 11 remaining games are against teams (Astros, Dodgers, Giants) who are currently struggling as bad as we are. We end April vs the Cards.

    So if we can come out of April anywhere near a .500 team then I'm not going to panic or try to make major moves.
    Agreed. The immense frustration and angst shown on the board, which I feel as keenly as anyone, is the product of an upswelling of optimism this winter which has been compounded by the Super Mario Brothers performances. You can see the seeds of greatness in this rotation. Harang-Volquez-Cueto-Arroyo-Bailey. And years of great to good offenses had most of us looking away from the real weakness. Some astute posters warned the offense would be weak. I thought it would be average -I still do. It's April 20th, not September 20th. I agree GAC, if the Reds stay close to .500 by the end of April they can still make a move. In fact, it reminds me that befiore the season started I looked at the schedule and thought exactly that - with a tough schedule starting out I thought if we stay around .500 through that rough stretch then we go. That 6-4 start got me all excited. Except nothing changed from my original perception.

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Where do I assess any blame (finger pointing) at this stage of the season?

    #1 - I fault key players whom we normally rely on. We have a team SLG% of .386.

    Look at these numbers with RISP....

    Code:
                  BA    OB%   SLG%    OPS   
    Dunn         .167  .353   .167 	 .520
    Griffey      .200  .350   .467 	 .817
    Encarnacion  .308  .500   .538 	1.038
    Phillips     .375  .444   .625 	1.069
    Votto        .400  .400   .900 	1.300
    Who is the "guilty" culprit for the most part?

    Do we believe that Adam Dunn is going to continue to perform at this level? I personally don't.
    Dunn, Junior, EE. Three key bats. The straws that stir the drink so to speak. Dunn looks horrible when he swings the bat. What he hits are mostly fouls, but he still has his eye and he'll lock in sometime. Junior and EE are strting to heat up - in fact the last couple weks they've looked good. Voto is hitting. BP is hitting. That brings me to your next point GAC...

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC View Post
    Which brings me to point #2 as to why this team is struggling...

    Dusty Baker

    He is portrayed as being an "old school" manager. But I'm considered old school too, as well as several other old timers on this forum. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we have always firmly believed that the top of your order is to manned by guys who have proven to be able to consistently get on base (table setters). That is not a philosophy that has been recently discovered or unearthed; but someone needs to email this news to Dusty.

    A "typical" Baker lineup is (with OB% included)....

    Patterson .263
    Keppinger .387
    Griffey .357
    Phillips .333
    Dunn .433
    EE .364
    Votto .326
    Bako/Valentin .380/.273

    IMHO - Dusty Baker does not construct his lineup to maximize (get the most out of) his payers. Yes, Adam is struggling; but Baker is is not helping Dunn right now batting him 5th. He leads the team in OB%, and MLB in BBs (20). The guy continues to prove he gets on base. He is not going to see the quality of pitches in the #5 spot. Why wouldn't a pitcher pitch around him (or cautiously)? Put him at #2.

    I also think EE needs to put in the lineup where he sees more quality pitches.

    I like Keppinger in the leadoff spot. From a hitting standpoint (style), he reminds me a lot of Rose. Pete had a career OB% of .375 which was primarily BA-driven. He averaged around 70 BBs/season. Pete could hit. So can Keppinger.

    Keppinger
    Dunn
    EE
    Votto
    Griffey
    Phillips
    Patterson
    Bako/Valentin
    I completely agree. One of a manager's jobs is to maximize his players talents. When it comes to the lineups, Dusty has flat failed, imo. He's handled the pitcher's pretty well, he seems to handle the clubhouse well, and I like having aset lineup. But -note to Dusty: It needs to be the right lineup, my man.

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    Re: Moves I would make

    1. The bench needs right handed hitters. Hairston, Cabrera, somebody needs to come up. But if fans think this is the major problem, I disagree.

    2. Agree that Bruce should be up soon, but probably it's too early. He's down at AAA for seasoning, let him stay for awhile longer. Maybe Memorial Day. Patterson is in a terrible slump, should be dropped to lower in the batting order.

    3. Mainly, the Reds need to start re-tooling the starting 8 position players. To me, Keppinger and Votto are keepers, apparently very good all around hitters (Votto with power). Bruce, I think, will be another. There is a need for a top notch all around right handed bat (a Derrick Lee type). The current lineup has too many inconsistent hitters prone to long slumps. It's been that way for several years.

    4. On the pitching side, Arroyo has to be watched carefully. Wouldn't do anything yet, but he hasn't been the same pitcher since 2006. Happy with the pen, although Weathers needs to show he still has it.
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    Re: Moves I would make

    WK has to fix the bench issue. It really is unacceptable, and everyone knew that going in. Whatever he does to jettison one of Freel/Hopper, cut Castro, and (if it were me), lose Valentin, well, that would be the moves to make.

    There are plenty of good bats kicking around baseball that would help deepen this team. WK needs to be on the phone making calls. Now. In the short term, I would def try to at least address the issue from AAA, as others have laid out above.

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    Re: Moves I would make

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    I don't know GAC.
    I don't know him either. Just kidding

    Hopper has options and doesn't add anything to this team that they can't already get from Freel or Patterson. Patterson is in a huge slump and needs to be benched but the roster has no better on hand alternatives.

    I say Bruce comes up and plays CF (fortifying the line-up), Patterson to the bench to play Hopper's role (with better defense, more speed, more power and just as good at small ball when he wants to be).

    There is really no reason for Castro or Hopper to be on this team as its currently constructed.

    If Patterson gets hot again, Bruce can be sent back down if he doesn't grab the job permanently.
    You seem to have a good grasp on the reality.

    Bruce would grab the job and would be getting good experience to carry forward next year. Who on the Reds team already doesn't have to work on their game fielding or hitting daily, so it would be nothing then for Bruce to have to do the same here, especially when he is already projects to be better than most of the Reds players.


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