I hope I'm wrong, but I'm pretty convinced that the ship has sailed on the 2011 season. I think we are toast. Neither the tangible or intangible aspects are working in our favor. We are under .500 and in 4th place in he worst division in baseball.
Well over half of MLB is still in "contention" an many teams may be itchy to add some help, but there seem to be few sellers right now to meet that demand.
The Reds could put themselves in a position of power by making some of our guys available.
Cordero is first on my list by a mile. He Definitley has value for contending teams and he has no future in Cincy. This is by far the most obvious move to make. I say do it now before other bullpen options come available in late July.
Hernandez/Hanigan would also be on my immediate list. I'd expect a decent but not spectacular return.
I'd dangle Gomes/Cairo for whatever you can get.
I'd consider dealing Massett and Arroyo as well.
And here is where I may cause some of you a heart attack...
I'd test the waters on Votto. Nothing short of Herschel Walker-esque return would satisfy me there. But I'd throw it out there. I am operating under the assumption that we have him for the next two years and the next two years only. And we have Alonso to take his place... Votto may very well garner a plethera of MLB ready talent. Just saying, I'd explore it.
I'd say similar things about BP, but I don't see a viable 2B option in the organization right now to make me feel comfortable about that.
And Rolen would cleary be on my list as well....
I'm ready to start thinking 2012 and I think we can get a jump on it of we acted now.