I am getting super excited about the play of Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso.. I know that winter stats can be deceiving, but both these guys are carrying on a tradition of successful play. Yes, they are only just 21 & 22 years of age, but Bruce is only 21 as well. Yes, they could benefit from more seasoning in the minors, but if they are the future of the Reds that makes the Reds so good in 2010, what would it hurt to let them get their seasoning in the majors? They both seem to be guys w/ high confidence levels, so why would struggling in the majors hurt them anymore than guys like Bruce (or Cueto)?
I propose that the Reds go ahead and do the inevitable and move Votto to Left field. AND either start out of gate w/ Alonso & Frazier or bring them up after a month or 2 (a la Bruce)
Phillips+ for Russell Martin
EdE, Daryl Thompson for Conor Jackson
- Jackson would be the perfect pickup because he could spell Alonso, Votto, or Bruce against tough lefties, Diamondbacks will be looking to rearrange their infield w/ the loss of O.Hudson
-Phillips glove is a nice asset and he carries a nice bat along w/ it, but if he could land us Russel Martin... I'll pack his bags for him, Richar is a nice looking prospect and we shouldn't lose much defensively and could be end up being pleasantly surprised offensively.
Since we're going really young and cheap here, and also getting rid of Phillip's salary as well as the arb eligible EdE, we should have tons of money to spend on the bullpen and bench.
Furcal (3 yr. 42 mil)
This would put us at a payroll of about 78mil, some projections put us at spending around $84, so pickups for the bench would be nice.
Inf/C W. Castillo
c R. Hannigan
FA power bat
So... basically, we're Phillips trade and Furcal signing away from a young team that is very competitive (a la Tampa Bay Rays).