A Hunter, Bruce, Ichiro OF might prove interesting for next year. Lots of obp, balance across the order, and not too expensive, IMO:
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.
Hunter or Ludwick who would you prefer? I wonder if they could sign both?
What do you think it would cost to land Hunter?
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
1) Melky in LF. Dave Cameron said Melky might take a 1 year deal for $6-8M in order to reestablish his value.
2) a cheap platoon partner for Stubbs until Billy is ready. I like the Bernadina idea.
3) Chapman to the rotation
4) get a couple of good bullpen arms to replace Chapman & Broxton. I think its easier to get these guys than it is to get a TOR arm.
I'd be fine with Marshall as the closer. I believe he was pretty unlucky early in the season.
I think this would be workable with the Reds payroll limitations
Got a feeling Melky might need to take something more like a $2 million contract with incentives if he wants to rebuild his value.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Can he still play CF? Could he ever really? I was always underwhelmed with Melky on defernse when he was with the Yankees and the steroids would sure seem to explain his bat during his time in KC and SF. Still, if he's cheap enough, he may be able to share CF with Stubbs and free Heisey for a package for something better in LF. Besides, he may still have some of that artificial muscle for a while even if he's off the juice.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS