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"Bring on Rod Stupid!"
Unfortunately...shortstop/leadoff are the biggest question mark right now. I believe Cabrera has endeared the team with some big hits.....but his lack of range, OpS and speed are the areas that I think the biggest improvement needs to be made.
I'm ok w/ him for now....but it would be nice to have a 'stat hog' in that spot that could steal a lot of bases, have a high OBP, and get things cookin at the top of the order over the long haul.
Pitching....I like the idea of jettisoning Harang....but even more than Cabrera, are they going to be willing to trade the guy that's been the workhorse of this team for 5-6 years, when they are finally 'good'? Not sure they'll do that.
Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand
i expect Walt to 'pull the trigger' to improve the team in some way. the 25 man roster could use some help. who & when may depend on what the organization feels about the arrival of certain players from AAA.
i would not trade Chapman or Alonso for a rental. the idea of getting a younger star is right up Jocketty's alley. search the rosters of the really bad teams for ideas.
two blockbuster deals i like are the Bailey/Alonso/++ for Greinke and the idea of upgrading at SS. IMO the SS position is the weakest link in the Reds chain & the best place to upgrade. Cabrera would make a nice backup infielder.
who to target? well the Hanley situation has been discussed. if i were Walt i'd talk to Dusty, Rolen, Votto & anyone on the team who has ever played with Hanley. see if they think the antics are managable. How about another name: STEPHEN DREW. The Diamondbacks are going nowhere & his name was brought up in trade talks last winter.
Maybe Mark Portugal or Juan Guzman will be available?
Maybe there is another Doyle Alexander out there the Reds can trade for a AAA pitcher?
I'd be careful about trading for a fill in starting pitcher, I can't remember the last time it worked out well for the Reds--maybe Tom Seaver in 1977.
I think Walt will fill needs that need to be filled come July. We'll see what injuries do to the team by then; that is where needs will need to be filled. My guess it will be in the bullpen.
Win the Division
I also think the other deal that year (CJ Nitkowski for David Wells) was a great do.
Anytime you make the NLCS, I think the deal worked out great. Did we miss Roper or Nitkowski? I don't think so.
He immediatley fills one of the biggest holes on the team, leadoff. I think most people would agree that Votto/Rolen/Bruce are the three best hitters on the team (in any order). The men who have been in the leadoff spot this year both have sub-300 OBPs.
If you acquire Podsednik (who probably won't cost a lot), you immediatley get more people on in front of Votto. Pods' OBP is .354 in Kansas City this year. He's also stole 14 bases and only has been caught three times.
You keep Gomes, Heisey, Stubbs and get rid of Nix. Podsednik can play in LF against RHP (who Gomes, despite his hot start, struggles with). And Podsednik can also play CF in smaller parks such as our home park.
IMO, when you consider Podsednik is a leadoff hitter, his costs, and his ability to play both LF and CF, he'd be a great fir for the Reds.
Absolutely not to Podsednik.
He's having a decent year and was ok last year but I'm just not sold.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
Would Walt pull the trigger?
Walt would pull the trigger if it means winning.
Would Bob increase the payroll?
Bob will sell his leg to win, so hell yes.
Do we need to stay calm?
Yes, its mid-May. In Mid July lets revisit.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98