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    Forecasted Minor League Free Agents

    Just guessing based on the rosters at this moment. The official list will be out shortly. I could have missed someone or put someone on here that shouldn't be here.

    AAA: LHS "Crafty" Tom Cochran, RHR Jerry Gil, RHP Brandon Hynick, RHS Chad Reineke, LHP Clayton Tanner, LHR Travis Webb, C Corky Miller, C James Skelton, INF Jose Castro, 1B-3B Mike Costanzo, 1B-OF Danny Dorn, OF Quintin Berry, OF David Cook, OF Denis Phipps, UT Mike Griffin.

    If RHS Daryl Thompson, RHR Jordan Smith, INF Chris Valaika, or INF Kris Negron are removed from the 40-man, they're basically in the same bucket.

    AA: RHS James Avery, RHR Tim Gustafson, LHR Tim Hamulack, RHS Matt Klinker, RHS Justin Lehr, RHP Kyle McCulloch, RHR Chris Mobley, RHS Josh Ravin, 1B-3B Eric Campbell

    High-A: RHR Tyree Hayes, DH Jorge Jimenez

    There's more of these guys this year than we've had in the past. Part of that is the Reds' talent bubble in the high minors running out of time, and part of it is the gaggle of mercs the organization brought in when it looked like Carolina was trying to set a record for worst winning percentage in April and May.

    Who do you re-sign, and why? The Reds brought Phipps back a couple of times when he hadn't gone on a giant multi-month tear, so it seems obvious they do it here. I also like Webb; he has control issues but was extremely hard to hit after moving to the bullpen. Tanner had been exclusively a starter in the Giants system; perhaps he's worth a shot as a situational lefty? Berry could be the prototypical fifth outfielder; he draws far more walks than most players of his type.

    Those are the main ones for me. Remember that when you bring back a guy, he's taking a spot that could go to a prospect- so be judicious. And a lot of times guys want a fresh start somewhere else- this could be especially important for a guy like Phipps- he faces a crowded depth chart and wasn't called up in September despite batting .380 at Louisville.
    Last edited by Doc. Scott; 09-16-2011 at 03:12 PM.

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