Thursday news and notes Doug Gray November 8, 2012 62 Comments The news from yesterday was that the Reds hope to acquire a closer so they can move Chapman to the rotation. I have never understood the idea that you need someone to come in to close before making Chapman a starter. Having a quality starter is a lot more valuable than having an elite closer. It is a lot easier to find a decent closer than it is to find even an average starter, much less one that is better than average. While there are always injuries that arise, if Chapman finds his way to the rotation, that locks in Cueto, Latos, Bailey and Chapman into the rotation through at least 2015. That leaves just one open spot, assuming no trades or major injuries for a decent sized group of starting pitchers in the Reds system who could be ready to help before then. Baseball America has up a list of free agents from each team. Here is the list of Reds free agents: RHP: Andrew Brackman (HiA), Carlos Fisher (AAA), Sean Gallagher (AAA), Mike Griffin (AA), Tim Gustafson (AAA), Wirfin Obispo (AA), Chad Reineke (AAA), Jordan Smith (AAA), Kanekoa Texeira (AAA) LHP: Wilkin de la Rosa (AA), Will Ohman (AAA), Travis Webb (AAA) C: Corky Miller (AAA), Brian Peacock (AAA) 2B: Chris Valaika (AAA) 3B: Mike Costanzo (AAA), Niko Vasquez (LoA) SS: Miguel Rojas (AAA) OF: Willie Harris (AAA), P.J. Phillips (AAA) A few of those guys have already signed elsewhere (Obispo and Smith that I know of). I would expect some of them to sign back with the Reds. I am working on a new page for the website that shows who is eligible for upcoming Rule V drafts. I had some help getting it together, but am still working on the formatting of it. In a little less than two weeks teams will be required to make their 40 man roster decisions to set the roster before the winter meetings begin and the Rule V draft is held. A day or two before the rosters are set I will put out an article about who is eligible and who is likely to be protected. Then before the winter meetings happen I will go through again and discuss who is at risk for being selected. Here are the results of the Fan Top 10’s. I took the polls that were submitted and assigned points for each vote. While only the Top 10 is a true reflection of the fan votes, I listed everyone who received at least one vote from a Top 10. Only Hamilton, Stephenson and Corcino made every Top 10 list, with Winker and Cingrani missing on one list each. Rank Player High Rank 1 Billy Hamilton 1 2 Robert Stephenson 1 3 Daniel Corcino 3 4 Tony Cingrani 2 5 Didi Gregorius 1 6 Jesse Winker 4 7 Nick Travieso 4 8 Henry Rodriguez 5 9 Yorman Rodriguez 6 10 Kyle Lotzkar 6 11 David Vidal 8 12 Ismael Guillon 7 13 Dan Langfield 7 14 Donald Lutz 9 15 Neftali Soto 7 16 Seth Mejias-Brean 9 17 Chad Rogers 10 18 Kyle Waldrop 10 Here is an update on the guys playing winterball: BATTERS LG AB 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS Fellhauer, Josh VWL 25 1 0 0 2 4 7 1 0 .200 .310 .240 .550 Gregorius, Didi AFL 58 3 0 0 6 4 4 2 0 .276 .318 .328 .646 Hamilton, Billy AFL 51 1 1 1 9 7 9 9 2 .275 .356 .392 .748 Hargreaves, Elliott ABL 7 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286 Lutz, Donald AFL 43 3 1 1 4 1 7 2 0 .395 .422 .581 1.004 Mattair, Travis AFL 16 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 0 .313 .421 .313 .734 Perez, Felix VWL 79 5 0 0 7 0 15 2 3 .291 .300 .354 .654 Phipps, Denis DWL 40 1 1 1 6 3 9 1 0 .200 .283 .350 .633 Rodriguez, Henry VWL 48 6 0 0 3 3 6 0 0 .313 .353 .438 .790 Rojas, Miguel VWL 57 1 0 0 2 3 4 0 1 .211 .262 .228 .490 Vicioso, Danny DWL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 _ PITCHERS LG W L ERA SV IP H HR BB SO WHIP K/BB Crabbe, Tim AFL 1 1 2.81 0 16.0 14 3 7 10 1.31 1.4 De La Rosa, Wilkin DWL 0 0 7.71 0 2.1 3 2 0 1 1.29 INF De Sousa, Jose VWL 0 0 27.00 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 3.00 INF Freeman, Justin VWL 1 1 8.64 2 8.1 14 0 4 8 2.16 2.0 Hayes, Drew AFL 2 0 5.73 0 11.0 12 0 7 10 1.73 1.4 Morillo, JR VWL 0 0 7.71 0 2.1 4 1 3 1 3.00 0.3 Parra, Jesus VWL 0 0 0.00 0 2.0 3 0 0 0 1.50 INF Partch, Curtis AFL 0 0 4.66 1 9.2 8 2 4 11 1.24 2.8 Ravin, Josh AFL 0 1 7.04 0 7.2 8 0 1 7 1.17 7.0 Romero, Franderlin VWL 0 0 9.00 0 1.0 2 0 0 2 2.00 INF 62 Responses Clammy November 8, 2012 Hey Doug, assuming Chapman is a starter in ’13, what are the odds that our future closer is in house: Hoover, Marshall or a healthy Massett? Also, what are the odds they make a serious effort to resign Broxton? Doug Gray November 8, 2012 The odds are none. Jocketty has said the only way Chapman starts is if they sign a replacement. I think they make a serious effort to re-sign Broxton. MikeD November 8, 2012 I would rather have Valaika on the Reds roster than Valdez or Cario or possibly even Rolen. I totally agree with you on Chapman, the Reds have a team that’s build for the regular season, but they need someone with shutdown stuff like Chapman if they want to have a chance to make a run. I continue to believe that this team needs improved offense from 5-8 in the order. They seem to be a GAB build team that depends on the homerun. While that can be entertaining, again I don’t think it helps them in big games. Everyone loves Hanigan (as do I), but the problem is come big at bats he’s not a factor. I believe they need an on base percentage guy at the top of the order, with more productive hitters at 6-8. Unfortunately Dusty falls in love with certain players and there’s no chance in changing his way! Herbie November 8, 2012 I always thought batting Hanigan 8th was a bit of a waste. He’s an OBP machine with 0 pop. He’s not really going to move many runners in, being a singles hitter and his on-base skills are somewhat wasted batting in front of the automatic out. I thought this past year he should’ve batted 6th, in front of Cozart and Stubbs who do have some pop to move him, but suck at getting on base. I think he does have some offensive value, but per usual it’s just completely mismanaged. JIM T November 8, 2012 Doug, with Arroyo as your 5 in 2013 rotation that could be scary good. Do you see the Reds resigning him after next year. I know we have a lot of youngsters but his consistency and the fact he isn’t a power pitcher make him someone very valuable to a staff even at his age. I think they will let him go but I think we will miss him and all the intangibles he brings to the table. His acquisition along with BP have to rank rignt up there with all time great Reds trades. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 I would say that unless someone has a big injury this year, the Reds won’t be re-signing Arroyo. JIM T November 8, 2012 I agree Doug. He has been a nice pick up for Wily Mo. Krozley November 8, 2012 Other moves in the minors: Cincinnati Reds Released: RHP Dan Jensen, RHP Josh Judy, LHP Chris Joyce, 2B James Ewing, OF Brayan Arias, OF Spencer Dickinson Quinn November 8, 2012 Josh Judy. damn. peppy November 8, 2012 mike d you say dusty falls in love with certain players i agree the only thing wrong with this they are all grandfathers JIM T November 8, 2012 MikeD, the reds were possibly a injury to Cueto away from competing in the series. I don’t see Valika on this team or any other ML team. The Reds will try to strengthen the top of the order with a OPB guy but I think their major concern on Offense will be making sure LF or 3rd base gives them the output that they got in 2010 and 2012. The numbers indicate that if they get the pitching and run production from that spot, all other things staying the same they walk away with the division. Here is another thought while Hanigan may not give you the thump offensively that others might. Consider his D as being a positive. In a short series Defense may be just as important. I’ll point out a passed ball and a booted high hopper was all that stood in the way of a trip to the NLCS and maybe a trip to the series. Also where would the Giants have been without some of the fielding gems they made during the post season? I wouldn’t advocate spending a ton of money on a lead off hitter with Hamilton so close. Money or prospects shouldn’t be wasted on that spot. BP will do until that time. I’d also point out that the Reds offense was severely hampered in the last month and a half of the season with Joey playing the part of OPB hitter instead of Run producer. A healthy Joey, same great pitching and defense with solid production between Joey and Bruce will produce more than enough offense to get us where we want to go. BP will hit lead off and Stubbs 8th if he isn’t replaced in the line up. If Hamilton gets off well in AAA he can replace BP at lead off and Stubbs in CF. Valdez makes league minium. Valika would get the same. Valika has never been in the role of sub or a guy who has had to sit and come off the bench in ML’s. Saying he would give you the same production may be a little bit of a stretch. He also doesn’t field SS as well as Valdez. Now if you want to bring up Didi I’m fine but My felling is he needs at bats in AAA worse than we need a back up SS. sultan of swaff November 8, 2012 Looks like HRod is getting his stroke back……and Didi must’ve gotten the memo about stealing more—2 in the AFL after only 3 all season. I hope Walt moves agressively on Madsen/Soria/Adams so we can put to rest this debate about Chapman starting, but based on his comments yesterday, it sounds as if their first priority is shoring up the outfield. For that, I’d be using Mike Leake as trade bait. He’d do quite well in a pitcher’s ballpark like Dodger Stadium, and we know they’re shopping for SP. Them, and everyone else that is. It’s gotta be a huge stress relief for the Reds brass knowing that’s not a need. JIM T November 8, 2012 Sultan, Hamilton is also starting to rebound a bit. I really don’t think there is a debate going on right now. I think they will bring in a closer and Chapman will start the year as a starting pitcher. Can always move him back to the pen if it doesn’t workout. I really have to agree with Doug, closers are easy to find when you consider that Coco ws 37 of 43 in save chances in 2011 and that is what Chapman was last year. Of course there was more drama with Coco but a win is a win or a save is a save. Heck, The Giants won the world title without their closer. The year before the cards won after they switched closers and released theirs. Alan Horn November 8, 2012 You are right in that there was more drama with Coco. He usually got the job done, but it generally was a fire he started that he put out. To a lessor degree, Broxton was kind of like that in my opinion. MikeD November 8, 2012 JimT, It’s kind of funny that you mentioned the defense as it was a passed ball that may have cost the Reds the series against the Giants and it wasn’t Mez. LOL, obviously Hanigan is human and also a great defensive catcher, but no way does the opposing team worry about him hurting you with his bat. Frazer will not be much more than his minor league stats moving forward so thirdbase will not be a position of strength. So unless the Reds bring in a couple of players that have better OBP, they will struggle being consistent with or without Joey. I do hope that Bruce becomes more consistent, but again 3-4-5 isn’t my issue. 6-7-8 are. I would trade Leake and Hanigan for a bat, move Mez into the 7 hole and trust that the offense becomes more consistent. Peppy, you are quite right! Dusty frustrates the crap out of me. I am also not so sure that a healthy Cueto would have gotten the Reds to the series. They were far to inconsistent offensively. I still believe that Cueto while very impressive, is better suited to be a 2 in the long run. Looking forward to your thoughts JimT. :) JIM T November 8, 2012 MikeD,I think the fact that we destroyed the division without Joey for 50 games speaks for itself. If Frazier gives us what he gave us last year with a healty Joey and the same production in LF I think we will be fine. Stubbs moves to 8 and BP leads off. Would I like to have Hamilton at some point batting 1st and BP in the 2 hole sure but because of our finances and the fact Billy is so close I tread water until such time. I hope Chapman finds his way into the rotation and a closer is brought in to replace him. I don’t think they worry about Hanigan offensively but I don’t think they are concerned with Mez either at this point. If I’m needing a home run I would want Mez at bat if I want a guy to put it in play Hanigan. Handling the staff and defensively I want Hanigan. If Mez improves in those areas I see his playing time increasing. Certainly you don’t think the Giants were a offensive juggernaught. They got timely hitting and excellent defense to go along with very good starting staff. They should have been swept by the reds. If Cueto was given two starts against them instead of a 1/3 of a inning they would have been done. Not only the injury but the timing was horrible. Frazier,Hanigan/Mez and Stubbs well be as good as most in NL in the 6-8 hole. If we pitch as good as last year and avoid the injuries well be in contention again this year. The Reds are as good as any team in NL right now. Krozley November 8, 2012 The Reds have to improve the bench for 2013. Valdez, who made $930,000 in 2012 (i.e. not league minimum) had the lowest OPS of any player in the major leagues with 200 or more plate appearances (.463). He had the 3rd worst WAR of any player in the NL and only finished 3rd instead of 1st because the two ahead of him played more. Cairo had a -1.4 WAR and an OPS of .492. That is half or your bench being non-existent offensively. You really can’t be worse off. Sure, Valdez can play multiple positions, but those can be covered by others. Valaika is not the answer. I would like them to get Keppinger as the infield backup and 3B insurance and then maybe a Mike Fontenot who can also play multiple positions and is a lefty. Both HRod and Didi need more AAA time in my opinion, but would still be an upgrade over Valdez if it came down to it. JIM T November 8, 2012 Thanks for the correction Kroz. I thought league minium was what we paid for valdez. There can’t be much difference can there? I agree the bench needs to improve. Kepp may cost to much but I agree would love to have him. My point was Vailika isn’t a step up. Fontenot is interesting. He may fit as 1/2. charliefunny November 8, 2012 External evaluation of Billy Hamilton: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/fast-player-needs-time/ Ex Red Grandal suspended 50 games: http://network.yardbarker.com/author/article_external/12149350?widget=true MK November 8, 2012 I see where Placido Polonco is a free agent. He has Dusty/Walt bench player written all over him. JIM T November 8, 2012 MK,I could live with that. JIM T November 8, 2012 Doug, the top 7 Reds prospect have some serious up side. Stephenson and Travieso are top shelf starting pitching power arms prospects. Corcino and Cingrani have very good arrms and have performed exceptionally thoughout the system. Didi is ML ready as a fielder and seems to have a very good ceiling as far as hitter. Winkler put up numbers as a youngster very few prospects have ever put up. Hamilton has transformed raw athletic ability into baseball skills and is on the verge of adding a element missing in our ML club. Couple that with the young team controlled talent the reds have on their 25 man roster and it is a GREAT time to be a Reds fan. This team is not a one year wonder and is here for the long haul. If Y-Rod can add a little maturity and develope this team will be scary. Ed from P-cola November 8, 2012 I noticed David Vidal and Juan Silva are playing winter ball in Puerto Rico for Mayaguez Indians. Season starts today. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 I haven’t checked out the full rosters for each of the team yet. I am deep into working on the book (lunch break right now) today (my computer problems set me back a few days, so I am trying to really catch up). Thanks for the heads up. Ed from P-cola November 8, 2012 I’ll be following Mayaguez Indians and the other teams also. I’m big fan of David Vidal. My cousin, Jon Huber is on the pitching roster. He was out all last season with shoulder issues after pitching for them in game 1 of champ series last season. Hoping he can get back in his groove. Herbie November 8, 2012 Anyone else here hoping the Reds sign Youk and move Frazier to LF? Think he’d provide a lot: -Right handed bat with some pop -Probably within our price range -Someone who consistently gets on base -Hometown guy -That “veteran leadership” that Walt is always gaga over I wouldn’t mind seeing him signed in addition to Ludwick or another LF. I think it’d be interesting to use Frazier as a super-utility player. Poor man’s Ben Zobrist. That is, if he has the competency to play SS etc. in the majors. Alan Horn November 8, 2012 I think it will be one or the other between Ludwick and Youkillis. Frazier deserves to play full time at either 3B or LF. Either one has a chance to really help us or be similar to Rolen of last year. It is a chance worth taking, but with only one of the two in my opinion. MK November 8, 2012 Not me. jim t November 9, 2012 Herbie I’m in the get Youk camp. Alan Horn November 9, 2012 I guess I am leaning to the sign Ludwick side. He has shown less propensity towards injury thus far. I think Frazier needs to get his chance at 3B unless he proves otherwise during next season. He has waited long enough. Another thing no one has mentioned is that Youkillis has never hit against NL pitching. There will be an adjustment period. Not so with Ludwick as he has been in the NL his whole career(I think that is right). JIM T November 9, 2012 Alan no issue with bringing Ludwick back but it has to make sense financially.Bith he and Youk are on the down sides of their careers. I don’t think the reds want to strap themselves with a contract that restricts their ability to resign youngsters because they are locked in to a deal that went bad. Example Rolen. The problem the reds have is they have no one near ready in the minors who can give them that kind of production. Thus their forced to take on the risk of some one performing as they are getting older or finding some one who s trying to resurrect their career. Lookig at our list their is a player on it that is within two years of the ML’s that could give us those numbers. Its very mpoprtant that Y-Rod find himself and get back to moving up the ladder. Alan Horn November 9, 2012 I keep hoping Lutz came develop into a future left fielder. He has a ways to go. I agree on Yorman. The next corner OF prospects are pretty low down the chain. I keep hearing Ludwick and Youk will cost about the same amount of money. Who knows. I think if we can get either at 7-8 million a year, it will be better than trading for someone who will cost much more. You will be out quality players in the trade and much more money also. If Ludwick and Youk can be had for about the same dollars, I think I would go Ludwick for the reasons above. I saw this morning at MLtraderumors.com that Walt was willing to trade Cozart or Didi for a closer or lead off hitter. I don’t think he needs to trade for either. Wait on Hamilton. Sign a FA reliever. Alan Horn November 9, 2012 Would Stubbs and Didi get Span? I still don’t think I would do it with Hamilton on the horizon. JIM T November 9, 2012 I wouldn’t make that deal. We have Hamilton in the wings. We have no corner outfield prospects in our system even remotely close to the Biggs. If I’m giving up talent and cash it is for a middle of the order bat and corner outfielder. I wouldn’t part with prospects for a closer. If we can’t sign Broxton or another resonably priced free agent I go in house.Both the Giants and Cards won the series the last two years without their closers. Alan Horn November 9, 2012 I agree Jim. Also, it would really have to be a top corner outfielder for me to give up the extra cash and players. The sensible alternative is to just sign Ludwick. zblakey November 8, 2012 If Chapman is a starter in 2013, how many innings could he pitch? Wouldn’t the Reds be facing the same situation that the Nationals did this past year with their ace? Krozley November 8, 2012 Strasburg was coming off Tommy John surgery, so it is a little different. Still, Chapman’s innings would need watched, more like what the WhiteSox did with Chris Sale. One option would be to start him thru July, then trade for another starter at the trade deadline while moving Chapman to the pen for the stretch run. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 Strasburg was not shut down because he was coming off of TJ. He was shut down because his innings needed to be limited because he, like Chapman, hasn’t built them up enough to this point in his career. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 Chapman should be good with roughly 150 innings. He threw 125 in a season while in Cuba. Adding roughly 30 to that is likely the plan. There obviously needs to be a plan in order to get Chapman to the playoffs though. Skipping him a few times isn’t going to be enough. MK November 8, 2012 Does Leake have the out pitch to be a closer? He is similar in stature to Huston Street. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 Not even close. Norwood Nate November 8, 2012 According to MLBTR Bray and Valdez have opted to be FA’s. I guess they were nontendered. Not really surprised, but I thought Bray may get another shot. MK November 8, 2012 Jay Bruce wins Silver Slugger Neftali Soto singled for the first hit of the 2012-13 Puerto Rican League. Jon Ryker November 8, 2012 Chapman has not remotely demonstrated that he would be even an average starter….he has shown to be a good closer…..take that and run with it until his contract is up…..then trade him to somebody who thinks they can make him a starter…. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 He hasn’t been given the chance either. If you aren’t going to use him as a starter, you should trade him to someone who will and get a boatload of a return for him. 70 innings a season for him is a waste. jim t November 9, 2012 The reds will make every effort to find a closer this off season in order to make Chapman a starter. Finding a run producing LF or 3rdif Ludwick can’t be resigned as well as a closer have to be high on the to do list.I believe higher than finding a lead off hitter. Hamilton will take that job either mid season or 2014. Prospects and money will not be thrown at that issue with Hamilton so close to the ML’s.Look the reality is you can always move Chapman back to the bull pen with minimal impact if he fails as a starter. To bury a arm like his without finding out if you currently have a guy who can be a top of the rotation lefty would be a crime. Quinn November 9, 2012 Yes he was Doug. He was given the chance in AAA and he failed completely. Zman November 8, 2012 Doug, What are your thoughts on Jason Bay at a cost effective deal now that the Mets have cut him loose. He could be another Ludwig revitalized in GABP. Doug Gray November 8, 2012 Unless he is going to take a minor league deal, I want no part of him. Right now, from what I have heard, that doesn’t sound likely. JIM T November 9, 2012 According to Lance’s blog the reds may trade a SS this winter. i think he got it kfrom Fox Sports. Jockerty mentions Didi as ready and wouldn’t be opposed to moving one in right deal. Alan Horn November 9, 2012 Would Stubbs and Didi get Span? Would you even think about it with Hamilton on the way? I don’t think Span would fit the bill in LF with Hamilton in CF in the near future. JIM T November 9, 2012 Alan, in 2010 and 2012 we walked away with the division partly because Gomes produced runs in LF and in 2012 Ludwick did. 2012 turned around largely because Ludwick provided runs. Certainly the pitching and D were huge but what made it a no contest was Ludwicks bat especially when Joey went down. I know most think we should play more get em on get em over get em in but that is not what GABP is built for. You have to taylor your teams strengths around your home turf. For instance I wouldn’t want a staff of fly ball pitchers in GABP. Now I agree there should be balance and the guys hitting in front of Joey should be high OBP’s guys but in this park the home run will always be important.As will D. Can’t give away outs. I think Hamilton is close to providing that lead off option. I also think that BP could be a effective 2 hole hitter if he would give up the idea of trying to be a run producer. He goes to right field as well as anyone on this team and can put the ball in play when not trying to hit homers.He has his big contract now it is time for him to taylor his game to what the team needs. One big difference between the Puljos led cards and the reds is no one batting in front of Albert would even consider doing anything but getting on base for Albert.If they did LaRussa would kill them if Albert didn’t. This team has a ton of talent. In my mind finding a corner outfielder whether its Youk at 3rd and Frazier in LF or Ludwick in LF or Frazier at 3rd is a most. If a trade can happen for a younger more longterm solution the better. That is where I spend my rescources. Finding a closer to allow Chapman to move to the roataion and a run producing corner outfielder is paramount. tim November 9, 2012 Doug, what would u do about the closer situation if u put Chapman in rotation 1 month into the season?? I know u dont like Broxton as the closer due to the amount of baserunners he allows and i dont want Coco version 2.0 closing either. Check out Madson and his arm?? I heard Soria is going to miss some of the beginning of the season. foxbud November 9, 2012 It would seem the best case scenario would be to resign Madsen and gradual build him up to closing while gradually bring Chaoman into a starter role. I would rather start out Chapman in relief as to save him for the end of season push. Madsen will be hard pressed to go back to back nights from the get go anyway. Both situations could help each other out in an ideal scenario. JIM T November 9, 2012 FOXBUD, I really think we should stay away from mixing roles and trying to build Madson into a closer.Our fall back option is Chapman. If he can’t start then we already know he can close. Lets sign Broxton or find one or use Marshall. If we are trying to groom one I might suggest Hoover. Shouldn’t be to hard to come up with a option. As I mentioned above the cards and giants both won series without a their closer. Mike November 9, 2012 Doug … any thoughts on the possibility of trading for Ben Revere of the Twins ? Maybe Zack or Didi for him ? Would that be enough ? Hamilton in left and Revere in Center .. lots of speed .. and potential high OBP there for sure for a long time . Revere will only be 25 next season and is a local boy (Lexington) . No power but who cares. Is he a stretch for one of our shortstops ? Beard November 9, 2012 A lot of the talk in this thread has revolved around trading a SS. I think I prefer Didi because of his age to be the one that is kept. But pretty much everyone will agree that it is close between Didi and Cozart. As far as trade value out of the two I suspect the Reds might be able to get more out of Cozart because he is a proven quantity. Especially for a team that is contending or close to that and has a quality prospect that is two or more years away. I’m not sure which teams fit into that category, but I think trading Cozart would yield more. Who do you guys think would net the Reds the best return? Alan Horn November 9, 2012 I agree Cozart would net the most return because he is proven. That is the reason I don’t trade either just yet. Didi could be better or not. I would let him play in AAA and get a better idea of what we have. Resign Ludwick and sign a FA closer or use Hoover. Hamilton is on the way. I don’t make a trade unless it is for a younger, cost controlled, top notch, corner outfielder with power(as Jim T says above). If you trade Cozart and Didi doesn’t pan out, we don’t have a SS candidate above our lowest minor league teams. Quinn November 9, 2012 DiDi does not have to prove that he sorted out AAA pitching to me. Alan Horn November 9, 2012 We still don’t know if he can handle ML pitching yet. He has made a lot of errors in the Arizona Fall League. I think he will be fine, but I want a longer look. We know Cozart is a steady ML SS. JIM T November 9, 2012 My Dream move for this winter is for the reds to put togather a package for Justin Upton and play him in LF. Him in LF with Hamilton coming in CF and Bruce in RF would be a very nice outfield. If would also provide a young corner outfielder we need and don’t have in our system at present time. He is on the block and the reds coud offer anybody but Hamilton. They could also include Stubbs or Leake. JIM T November 9, 2012 Doug, would Stubbs leake,Stephenson and Cozart bring you Upton?