It comes down to talent
Posted by JohnFay at 8/8/2008 4:41 PM EDT on Cincinnati.com
There are a lot theories on what's wrong with the Reds, but I think the biggest reason they are where they are right now is because of a lack of talent. This wasn't a very deep roster to begin with. With the injuries to Aaron Harang, Jared Burton, Jerry Hairston Jr., Ryan Freel, Norris Hopper and Alex Gonzalez, it's gotten a lot thinner.
The trade of Ken Griffey Jr. thinned it a little more. Griffey was one of blog's favorite targets, but since the trade Corey Patterson has gotten the bulk of the time Griffey would have gotten. I'd still make the treade. But that's a severe drop off.
And it goes on the down the line. Homer Bailey is getting starts Harang would have gotten. Gary Majewski is getting ininngs Burton would have gotten.
Jeff Keppinger hasn't been the same player since he came back from the injury. He's hitting .209 since he came off the DL. Sit him and Jolbert Cabrera plays shortstop. Cabrera's played well but he's a 35-year-old guy who was last in the big leagues in 2004.
If everyone's healthy, Patterson is behind Freel, Hopper and Hairston on center field depth chart.
There's no way to infuse talent on Aug. 8. But you'd think the Reds would be getting younger pretty soon. They have 12 potential free agents on the roster. Isn't time the start looking at the in-house replacements? I'm curious about Ryan Hanigan, Chris Dickerson, Josh Roenicke, Chris Valaika and Todd Frazier.
I actually like this post on Fay's blog and agree with it completely.. This roster needs to get a much needed infusion of talent.. which we have in the minors, in the form of those 5 guys he mentioned. I would love to see what they could do, what's it going to hurt?