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    Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    I think it's fairly obvious at this point that Jeff Keppinger doesn't have the range or instincts to be a major league shortstop. Time and time again routine groundballs and pop ups are turning into base hits because of poor range at shortstop. Everyone knows Kepp isn't a shortstop which is why Jocketty needs to be looking for a permanent answer at shortstop in the offseason. I'm starting this thread to see who Reds fans would realistically like to see playing shortstop for the Reds in the 2009 season. I've cooled on the idea of moving Brandon Phillips to shortstop because it weakens second base and Phillips probably wouldn't be anything more than average to above average anyways. That leaves us with looking outside the organization...

    My number one choice would be Chin-lung Hu of the Dodgers. With the glove he's got great range, a very strong arm, and great footwork and the talent to be a Gold Glove shortstop in the majors. Offensively he's got a solid track record in the minor leagues with a .301/.347/.427 statline though he has been over matched in the major leagues at this point, which is why I think the Dodgers will trade him. They will re-sign Furcal and look to trade Hu IMO. They may be in the market for a younger second baseman and maybe Valaika could be their guy. A middle infield of Brandon Phillips and Chin-lung Hu with Chris Dickerson/Drew Stubbs in center field would be one of the best up the middle defenses in all of baseball.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    I think it's fairly obvious at this point that Jeff Keppinger doesn't have the range or instincts to be a major league shortstop.
    I'm not so sure about his offensive abilities either. He's an okay hitter for a middle infielder if he has a great glove, but he doesn't.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Brandon Phillips.

    Then sign Orlando Hudson to play second ('course I just blew the FA budget on Milton Bradley on another thread...)

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    It's Jock, so I'm guessing Eckstein.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    J.J. Hardy.
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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Paul Janish

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    So what are we assuming is going to happen to A-Gon?
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    I'll take Gonzalez, considering we're paying him so much money.

    And he should be well rested.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    Paul Janish
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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    It's Jock, so I'm guessing Eckstein.
    I'm scared to death of that.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    So what are we assuming is going to happen to A-Gon?
    Career-ending injury, IMO.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Take a look in house. Janish/Valaika, even maybe Todd Frazier by the end of the year.

    May want to draft Grant Green, currently tearing up the Cape.
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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    I'm scared to death of that.
    This is ridiculous. Jocketty is the smartest GM the Reds have had since Howsam. No way he gets a guy like Eckstein as the starter.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    This is ridiculous. Jocketty is the smartest GM the Reds have had since Howsam. No way he gets a guy like Eckstein as the starter.
    Especially since he previously let him go.

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    Re: Who would you like to see the Reds acquire to play shortstop in 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    This is ridiculous. Jocketty is the smartest GM the Reds have had since Howsam. No way he gets a guy like Eckstein as the starter.
    Are you forgetting that he signed Eckstein to a three year deal while with St. Louis?


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