Moving players around is a common sports talk solution to the Reds' problems. Fans have been talking about moving Edwin Encarnacion to first since he became the third baseman. Moving Joey Votto from first base to left field is another move that batted around from time to time. Brandon Phillips to shortstop completes the trio.
Walt Jocketty didn't dismiss playing musical positions.
"It's too early in the evaluation period to say right now," Jocketty said. "But it gives us some added flexibility."
Votto, Encarnacion and Phillips have the best offensive numbers of the current Reds. Whether the Reds would move any of them, depends on who's available to fill the team's other needs.
Jocketty mentioned playing Votto in the outfield after the Reds signed top pick Yonder Alonso. It still could happen -- down the road.
"At some point, yes," Jocketty said. "But we're not going to try it now. That's something you try during spring training."
Votto has made 11 errors this year. That's fourth most of any first baseman in the National League. He played six games in left year. He's athletic enough to play left and he has an above average arm.
Encarnacion has the second most errors of the any third baseman in the NL. He played two games at first in 2006. The majority of his errors are on throws. The theory is if he goes to first he won't have to throw as often, thus he won't make as many errors.
Phillips came up as a shortstop. But he's only played five games there in the majors. Phillips has played Gold Glove caliber second base. Alex Gonzalez is under contract for next year. If he's healthy, it's unlikely the Reds would move Phillips.