There has been a lot of talk about the Reds dealing for big names like Holiday, Ordonez, Peavey and the like. Also, popular targets like the Texas catchers, Kelly Shoppach and JJ Hardy (a personal favorite) have been discussed. The Reds have some stuff to deal and its more likely that the Reds acquire lesser known guys who fit the team's needs. Some may be free agents, some minor leaguers, some coming off of injuries, but most will be guys who are blocked or on the outs with their current team or organization. Here is my under the radar list for the 2008 off-season (a couple already signed elsewhere):
Code:Name Pos B or P Team Comment Matt Diaz OF R ATL RH stopgap for LF. Should be cheap. Conner Jackson 1B/LF R AZ Starting LF Miguel Montero C L AZ Could share C with Hanigan Dennis Sarfate P R BAL A flyer on a cheap comeback Michael Wuertz P R CHC Would fit in middle innings Ronny Cedeno SS R CHC Would be starting SS Neal Cotts P L CHC Adds LHP for the Pen Sean Marshall P L CHC 5th Starter Angel Guzman P R CHC Could be a sleeper back from TJ Brian Anderson OF R CHW Platoon partner for Dickerson in CF Cole Armstrong C L CHW Good defender showing POP in AFL. Hanigan's other half? Heath Taylor P L CLE Could be late inning Lefty by end of 09 Tony Sipp P L CLE 2nd year back from TJ. Should be able to help in pen James Skelton C L Det Would platoon with Hanigan Marcus Thames OF R DET RH power for LF Andrew Sisco P L FA Could help pen with a comeback Braden Looper P R FA Jocketty goes to his past for rotation help Kevin Correia P R FA Good MRP, potential 5th starter if healthy Kevin Millar 1B R FA RH 1B who can add "Veteran Presence" from the bench when Alonso arrives Josh Phelps 1B R FA RH 1B Sergio Mitre P R FA Solid Starter rehabbing TJ, 2010 Asset. Travis Blackley P L FA LH Prospect before injury. A flyer on a minor league deal could pay dividends Jeff Kent 1B R FA RH stopgap at 1B to buy time until Alonso arrives Robert Andino SS R FLA Can Handle SS, better bat than Janish John Buck C R KC Odd man out in KC. Would help the Reds. Jimmy Gobble P L KC As a cheap non-tender FA Justin Speier P R LAA Pricey but could help. Shouldn't cost much. Kendry Moreles 1B/OF S LAA Could play LF or 1B with Votto moving Kevin Jepson P R LAA Power Arm with control issues Reggie Willits OF S LAA Useful OF option who can play CF Chin Lung Hu SS R LAD Defensive SS with more offensive upside than Janish Jason Repko OF R LAD LF? Delwyn Young OF S LAD LF bat? Jason Vargas P L NYM 5th Starter Josh Thole C L NYM LH Catcher, Probably not ready yet. Angel Pagan OF S NYM LF Stopgap with some upside Wilson Betemit IF S NYY Could play 3B if EdE goes Edwar Ramirez P R NYY Middle Inning Mix Kevin Whelan P R NYY Middle Inning Mix Brian Bixler SS R Pit SS Option??? Ronny Paulino C R Pit Could be starting C, not sure on defense. Tyler Greene SS R STL Adds SS for the system Bryan Anderson C L STL LH Catcher blocked by Molina John Jaso C L TB Share with Hanigan, Power. ? on Defense. Edwin Jackson P R TB Good Arm for Rotation Johnny Gomes OF R TB RH Stopgap for LF. Should be cheap. Joaquin Arias SS R Tex Texas Other SS propsect. Won't cost as much as Andrus Ryan Spilborghs OF R COL .908 Career OPS against Lefty pitchers while still decent at .801 versus RH. Jose Bautista 3B/OF R TOR RH Stopgap for LF. Should be cheap. Brian Tallet P L TOR Solid Lefty for Pen.