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Thread: That last bench spot

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    That last bench spot

    Assuming four spots are locked up (Mesigan, Cairo, Valdez, Heiswick), who do you think wins the last bench spot to start the season?

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    Re: That last bench spot

    Is Valdez out of options? I don't recall whether the issue was that he couldn't be sent down or that Philly had no room for him on their 40 man roster.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    Is Valdez out of options? I don't recall whether the issue was that he couldn't be sent down or that Philly had no room for him on their 40 man roster.
    I'm sure I have read he is out of options. As is Francisco. That will have a major impact on who makes it and who doesn't.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    Francisco will definitely get the last spot unless he is hurt or traded.

    If he doesn't get the last spot, it will be Harris because of his lefty bat.

    No way Reds go into the season with only two lefty bats, Votto and Bruce.

    Frazier may win a RedsZone poll, but his only hope is injuries. And there could be injuries.

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    Re: That last bench spot

    If Francsico is healthy, then him.

    Otherwise, it goes to Frazier.

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    Re: That last bench spot

    Francisco is out of options, so he'll get it or be traded.

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    Re: That last bench spot

    Puffy beat me to it. Yep, unless Juan's hurt, he's a lock. No options.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    Francisco's gonna be hurt.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Francisco's gonna be hurt.
    Yep. He's not even doing "baseball activities" yet. It will be very hard for him to get ready in time. He will likely start the season on the DL, then a rehab assignment.

    I could see the Reds go with 11 pitchers, and Harris and Fraizer to start the season.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    Francisco and Harris.

    I think they will head out of ST with a creative roster because the need for a 5th starter to be active isn't there. I have a feeling that Francisco will start the season on the DL though. So I guess my best guess is Harris unless Frazier tears it up and forces his way onto the club.

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    Re: That last bench spot

    From what I've heard, they think Francisco needs to shed some pounds.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    If he were healthy, I think Fransisco is a given. But assuming he starts the season on the DL, I think Harris gets the nod. He gives them a LH CF option and a little speed off the bench. Personally, I'd like Frazier to get a spot, but I could see them wanting him to play everyday.

    Personally, I'd go with 11 pitchers and have Frazier up with Harris in lieu of carrying Ondrusek.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    I am not going to assume Francisco won't be ready for the season. The Reds have played 2 games thus far and there is an entire month until real games start.

    He is out of options. The Reds are in love with his power. He gets the last spot if all things are equal. And even if they aren't, once he does come back, he is getting that spot that went to someone else.

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    Re: That last bench spot

    Unless he's on the DL, Francisco gets the spot as insurance for Rolen and that very much needed LH bat off the bench.
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    Re: That last bench spot

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    I am not going to assume Francisco won't be ready for the season. The Reds have played 2 games thus far and there is an entire month until real games start.

    He is out of options. The Reds are in love with his power. He gets the last spot if all things are equal. And even if they aren't, once he does come back, he is getting that spot that went to someone else.
    Thats a very important, and often overlooked point. Opening day rosters are great for discussion, but not that meaningful in the grand scope of things. Over 162 games, the roster takes on many shapes and forms.
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