not for Chris Heisey
"I could watch video of Griffey swinging all day. It's like baseball porn." - C. Trent Rosecrans
2008 Reds Record When I Attend: 9W - 5L
2009 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 2L
2010 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 0L
2011 Reds Record When I Attend: 0W - 1L
I heard they are trading Heisey for Marmol after today's game.
Seeing that the Reds would be on the hook to pay him ~$4MM for the rest of this year, I would rather spend that money on Reyes, Kemp, Ethier or Billingsley. Would we be eligible to receive draft pick compensation if/when he signs elsewhere?
I'm also not all that sure that he'd be any better than Alonso/Frazier/Francisco/HEISEY in a full time role anyway.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
No with a capital NO.
Baseball is like church, many attend, few understand
He's an upgrade over Gomes/Lewis. I wouldn't trade Heisey for him though.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Ludwick has a .822 OPS this year away from Petco.
But we could always just play Heisey and expect maybe .780. (That's where he's at now).
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Just playing devil's advocate, here's the line of thinking where it does make sense:
Where's the right-handed middle-of-the-order power?
Heisey isn't a power hitter, Rolen's power has evaporated, Gomes has intermittent power but not enough to make up for his other shortcomings. Once Votto and Bruce hit, or don't because they're pitched around, the other team breathes a big sigh of relief. No one's making them pay from #5 on down, except for an occasional blast from Ramon Hernandez.
Alonso? Francisco? Maybe, but if they're just now getting comfy with Bruce following Votto, they're not going with three straight lefties. Frazier? Maybe. In the case of all three, asking them to be the hammer is a lot to ask for a rook in a pennant race.
An everyday righty-hitting left fielder with some power (and he does outside of Petco) makes sense.
Now, having said that, I'm not sure Ludwick is the right guy, especially if the money prevents us from doing other things, and I'd like to hold onto Heisey if possible -- even if he's not the regular LF he makes a heck of a fourth outfielder.
Not all who wander are lost
I'd rather package Heisey with Alonso and the minor league pitcher of their choice for Kemp or Ethier. If they add Billingsley and some cash, I'd add Grandal and possibly make the pitcher in the deal Leake.
Ehhh, I'm lukewarm on the idea. But it would certainly help to go from Petco to GAB, that's for sure. Either way, he's not a top of the rotation pitcher, which is what the Reds need most if they ever want to win a championship.
That hit was plenty fair. Atleast by a quarter of an inch.