So find a CF that can hit LHP, and we'll be much better with Granderson.
Trade Dickerson, throw Taveras in the OH River with his hands tied and some concrete around his feet, and let's stop this nonsense that Heisey is an option for CF in 2010.
I know I've said Heisey should be an option for 2010, but I was wrong. There, I said it, I was wrong.
Pierre is not my primary target with the trade I proposed, but rather Hu and Lindblom, as we do have a gaping hole at SS and we could always use another decent young candidate to break into the rotation.
At the same time, Pierre would be a major upgrade over Taveras as a lead-off hitter. He's not only fast. He can actually get on base, and with Votto, Rolen, Hu and crew batting behind him, maybe we can score a few more runs in 2010. Now what exactly would be wrong with that?
Bear in mind, many trades are made where teams accept less-than-ideal players in return for getting other players they more highly covet. The Blue Jays, for instance, took Encarnacion so they could acquire Stewart and Roenicke.
If we can upgrade SS, the rotation and lead-off, and the cost is accepting Pierre's inflated $10 million salary, that's OK be me, considering we would also be trading away $10 million in salary, and only weakening ourself at 2B -- which is a far easier position to reasonably and cheaply fill than SS, the rotation or lead-off.
The Reds already picked up their high salary player for 2010.
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As I said in another thread, I fully expect the Reds to shed payroll during the offseason.
There might be some personnel moves made, but Lettuce Bob's gonna bring the Reds to Opening Day 2010 with a lower payroll than what we saw Opening Day 2009.
I'd give them Bailey and Stubbs for him.
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Not that I'm enamored with the idea of Stubbs platooning with Granderson, but he seems to be the only good defensive option we have in-house.
Given that our pitching isn't all that it's cracked up to be, we'll need Stubbs' elite defense when he's in the lineup to provide any value to this team at all, b/c it certainly won't be coming from his bat.
OK, if this is what you'd do then you don't get MLB Econ 101.
The Reds are not a team that can trade pre-arbitration players for a guy who is in the middle of a multiyear deal worth 8 figs per year. Perhaps talent wise you've got a point but money is a huge factor when discussing the viability of trades. This isn't like trading baseball cards in 4th grade. The Reds are a team that would much more likely be on the other end of such a deal where they are receiving two pre-arbitration players.
Just for the record I'm with OBM on Granderson, he's one of my favorites and I'd definitely be all for making an offer for him the guy just hit his prime years. But I'd go Stubbs, Francisco...etc. Bah humbug about platooning him he shows glimpses of figuring them out (see '08) but if you did I like Heisey as that guy. I do believe he's capable of producing quite well in that role to start off his career, he's no Stubbs in the field but he's a much better offensive player and he's no bum in CF.
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