At 40-40, theoretically, the team is in the mix. a 8-10 game winning streak, not impossible, could give them the division or WC lead.
They make the move right now to really get better. We all know the areas of need.. SS, LF, 3B, CF.
My plan doesn't preclude a trip to the playoffs, but it does make the team stronger for 2010.
- DFA Willy Taveras
He's an absolute drain on the offense, and he's more than replaceable with Dickerson for 2009, and Stubbs or Heisey in 2010. Eat his salary and move on.
Improvement: 2009 and beyond.
- DFA Arroyo
He'll never clear waivers. Work out a trade and get what you can. Again, eat whatever salary you have to. Bailey slides to the #5 spot in the rotation.
Improvement: 2009 possible, 2010 probable.
- Option Jay Bruce to AAA
He's overmatched right now, and needs some development and confidence. He's a kid that got the Dunn treatment without dominating the minor like Dunn did.
- Trade for Josh Willingham and Brandon Wood
Both players would instantly solidify the Reds lineup. Willingham in RF for the rest of this year and Wood at SS. Willingham slides over to LF next year or in Sept. when Bruce returns.
Improvement at SS immediate, Improvement in the OF Immediate.
That gives the Reds this lineup and rotation for 2009, in no particular order...
ok, in my order.
LF Gomes Nix
Volquez when he returns, Maloney till then
This requires bold action and assumes Maloney isn't a part of any deal for Wood or Willingham. If he is, Lehr is the guy. But t hat's a temporary move as Volquez should be ready by the trade deadline. This scenario doesn't make use of unrealistic trade proposals, just some common sense moves. Trading for Wood will require a talent for talent swap. So what are the Angel's area's of need? Willingham likely won't cost as much. Maybe one of Stubbs/Heisey and a pitcher. LeCure maybe?
Add your REALISTIC moves. I'd like to see how far out there I am.