"My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton
Walking into 2011 with a rotation of Buchholz, Bailey, Volquez and Cueto with $25MM coming off the books and potentially more if they could launch Cordero with guys like Phillips, Stubbs, Bruce and Alonso in the lineup would be pretty cool.
If they can get Clay and a couple of other guys, sign me up.
2006 Redzone mock Draftee's- 1(st) Daniel Bard(redsox), 1(st sup)( Jordan Walden (Angels), 2(nd) rd.- Zach Britton(Orioles), 3(rd) Blair Erickson(Cardinals), 3(rd) Tim Norton( Yankees),(cuz its a Tim Hortons thing
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.
Getting to be in the same spot like we were a few years ago. Dunn, Harang, Arroyo all having trade value and reasonable contracts. We kept them and drowned. If they dealt them and got some good prospects back, this team would look a hell of a lot better.
We'll probably hold on to Votto like grim death. Hopefully the plan is to add to him within the next 1-2 years. If that is the plan, then he has to be here.
I would argue that Votto is an all around better player than those 3. Im not saying that either 3 are slouches, but at one time I think the only player who would have had significant value is Harang. There is always the could of/ should of/ would of aspect to any player.Getting to be in the same spot like we were a few years ago. Dunn, Harang, Arroyo all having trade value and reasonable contracts. We kept them and drowned. If they dealt them and got some good prospects back, this team would look a hell of a lot better.
I would chose to hold onto Votto and build around him. Right now I think he is not only the best player the Reds have but also the best all around player. I think if you trade a young, proven, very good player the haul better be substantial. Not a bunch of if's.We'll probably hold on to Votto like grim death. Hopefully the plan is to add to him within the next 1-2 years. If that is the plan, then he has to be here.
Votto is great and I'm not advocating aggressively trying to move him. But if the opportunity is there to obtain multiple necessary pieces that would improve the team as a whole, then it should be discussed. Especially with someone in the system who is potentially able to produce at the position.
They should have started building with these guys 3 years ago instead of trying to win "now".
Moves like this.. the Red Sox just grabbing Lackey and Cameron .. are making it more difficult for me to hold interest in this game.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!