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The Cincinnati Reds are trying to retool what is a bad season for them. Oddly, after losing adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. They think they can be better than they were this year. They have a lot of money to burn. About 30 million is coming off the books in contracts. They probably won’t spend it all in one plce, but will spend a lot of it. They have many holes. Five of them. They need a reliever, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder, and a catcher.They will go after Raul Ibanez, Garret Anderson, and Jaun Rivera to be their left fielder. They also will pursue Mark Kotsay as their center fielder. They could go after a guy like David Eckstein for shortstop, and Jason Varitek makes a lot of sense at catcher if the Red Sox don’t resign him. They could try to resign David Weathers and Jeremy Affeldt. The Reds have the money to fill all of their holes, just not with impact players. They are hoping they get a bounce back season from Aaron Harang and that Johnny Cueto steps up the be the #3 they need. Micah Owings is a solid #5 starter if he beats out Homer Baily for the finale spot in the rotation. Baily needs to step up as well. For the offense, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce need to become big-time run producers. The rest if the offense needs to be solid as well. This team reminds me a lot like the other Ohio team, the Indians. Both teams have a lot of things that need to go right, but if they do, these teams will be contenders.
I thought of a trade that could potentially help both the Rockies and the Reds. The speedy center fielder Willy Taveres for pitcher Bronson Arroyo and cash. The Rox don’t need Taveras because they have Ryan Spilborghs and Dextor Fowler making him very expendable and certain to be shopped this winter. Arroyo is expendable because if Micah Owings is the PTBNL in the Adam Dunn trade, it gives the Reds six pitchers for five spots. They could trade Homer Baily instead, but for a rebuilding team like the Reds, it would be smarter to deal Arroyo. This move would give the Reds a good leadoff hitter. It would give the Rox a good fourth starter. This move makes sense.