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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Baseball | Reds Final Roster?

CATCHER (Could be a an addition via trade)
#David Ross: May open season on DL
Javier Valentin
Paul Bako

1B - Scott Hatteberg
2B - Brandon Phillips
SS/UT - Jeff Keppinger
3B - Edwin Encarnacion
1B - Joey Votto: I'm calling for an upset here; I think he stays whether his hitting comes around next week or not---just a hunch
SS - #Alex Gonzalez: DL bound

LF - Adam Dunn
RF - Ken Griffey Jr.
CF - Corey Patterson
CF/UT - Ryan Freel: Trade candidate
OF - Norris Hopper: May not be out of the woods yet if he doesn't start hitting

Final position player candidates: Juan Castro [inf], Andy Green [ut], Jerry Hairston Jr. [ut], Jolbert Cabrera [ut]

Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Johnny Cueto
Edinson Volquez
Josh Fogg
Homer Bailey: Still hanging around, but Louisville is beckoning
#Matt Belisle: May open season on DL

Francisco Cordero
David Weathers
*Jeremy Affeldt
Todd Coffey
*Mike Stanton - Shouldn't
make team, but Reds are afraid to swallow $3M
*Bill Bray - Pitching well, but could face demotion if there are still concerns about his arm
Jared Burton - Not out of the wood yet; may need a strong outing or two to close out the spring

Still alive: Kent Mercker (needs a Stanton cut or Bray demotion), Mike Lincoln (throwing 95 mph after 2 Tommy John surgeries & 3 years off), Jose Capellan (Rule 5 pick likely to be offered back to BoSox), Jim Brower (come on, let's get real)

Interesting note on Stanton. Let's see if the team's manager is allowed to pick his own 25 players or if the front office overrules him. Here's Dusty Baker on the Stanton situation:

The question was the final determination of the bullpen, who goes and who stays. As candid as always, Baker said, “I know it is not my money, but I hope money isn’t a factor in the final choices. I know the team wants to stay in a budget, but…”

But, indeed.

The reference obviously was to lefthanded relief pitcher Mike Stanton, who wasn’t very good last year and has been mediocre, at best, this spring. But he has a $3 million guaranteed contract with a $500,000 buyout. If the Reds want him to go away (he already cleared waivers, nobody claimed him) and they can’t trade him, it will cost them $3.5 million to show the fans they REALLY want to win this year.

Baker’s bullpen of lefthanders would be Jeremy Affeldt, Bill Bray and Kent Mercker. If ownership says, “Keep Stanton,” then Bray has options and might land in Louisville. Or they could jettison Mercker, a situational pitcher Baker likes.

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