“I’ll just take my walk,” he said, to laughter. One reporter followed up that Hamilton might be able to score from first on a single. “If he does, that’s great. Isn’t that crazy? Think about that: I hit a single and got an RBI. Like I said, crude stat, right?”
However, I wonder if Sutton wouldn't get some time at 3b. Or is he strictly a middle infielder? His bat might be better than Rosales. His defense is probably on par with EE's so if he can play, it might give some "depth" if Rolen is gimpy.
"Bring on Rod Stupid!"
The only way the Rolen trade makes any sense at all is if the Reds go for it next season. That means acquiring another starting pitcher or two, upgrading shortstop, releasing Willy Taveras and replacing him with Dickerson/Heisey/Stubbs, and signing a big bat for left field (Dye is potentially a FA). That's what it will take for the Reds to contend in 2010.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Is Walt going to pay WT $4M to sit at home? I doubt it. He'll be the CF'er next year on opening day.
Who is going to play shortstop? I wouldn't mind signing Miguel Tejada to a one year deal, but who is going to pay for that? Doesn't look like any farmhands are going to be ready. I bet they either pick up Gonzo's option, or resign him for less. That's how little my faith is in Walt. I believe that he is going to pay millions for the 3rd least valuable player (based on VORP) in the major leagues. (Heck, he spent $6.25M on the 4th worst).
The rotation is in shambles. No Volquez, and will Harang and Arroyo be there? If they are there, are they going to be any good? Is Cueto the pitcher he was in the first half, or the last month? Is Bailey going to be consistent? Is Owings's shoulder done?
Will Bruce finally start to hit?
Who is going to play Left field? If it's Gomes/Nix, this team is going nowhere.
To properly address all of these problems, it is going to take at least $20M, and there is no way I see that happening.
There is no way they will "go for it" counting on one or all of those 3 in CF. And, if they are "going for it" that is going to constitute a veteran presence at SS who is strong defensively. That means retaining Gonzo. Oh, they won't pick up his option but they will negotiate a modest deal for next year. And they aren't going to get a starting pitcher because Volquez' surgery has opened up a spot for Homer.
Javy makes a lot of sense because he can also backup at 1B and 3B. I've read he can even play some 2B if needed.