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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Roster prediction (update version)

This could influence debate on the roster previously: Lynn Henning of the Detroit News wrote a column about the Tigers looking for a left-handed reliever. He said in part, "The Reds will no doubt take calls concerning Rheal Cormier, who next month turns 40. Whether the Tigers are interested, or are inclined to part with Cincinnati's asking price, are open questions."

I had to do a projected roster and starting lineup for a notes network, here it is:

Ryan Freel CF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Ken GriffeyJr. RF
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Scott Hatteberg/Jeff Conine 1B
Alex Gonzalez SS
David Ross C

Rotation: Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Eric Milton, Kyle Lohse, Matt Belisle

Bullpen: Dustin Hermanson, David Weathers, Mike Stanton, Bill Bray, Todd Coffey, Rheal Cormier, Kirk Saarloos

Unless they DL or trade someone to get Jared Burton on.

Extras: Javy Valentin, Chris Denorfia, Juan Castro, Josh Hamilton

Also: Baseball America's next issue will rate the Reds' system 12th best in baseball, up from 26th a year ago.


at 1:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your roster. Please, please, PLEASE!!! say that Krivsky is not entertaining the notion of getting rid of Cormier so he can keep a third catcher. I will guarantee that Cormier will help win more games than Chad Moeller.

at 1:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this batting order better:

Phillips 2B
Hatteberg/Conine 1B
Hamilton CF
Griffey RF
Encarnacion 3B
Dunn LF
Ross C
Gonzalez SS

Just trying to break up the lefthanded hitters a little more ...

at 1:26 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think if Cormier's traded, it will be to open a spot got Burton, not a third catcher.

at 1:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trade Milton for whatever you can get.

at 2:01 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Trading Milton right now will get you little more than a bill for most of $8.5 million salary. My take all along has been: He's starts in the rotation. If he struggles, the Reds will pull the plug quickly and Homer Bailey or someone else (Bobby Livingston, Kirk Saarloss) will be in the rotation.

at 2:02 PM Blogger baundy said...

It'd be nice to see them work something out to keep Burton because that guy throws some gas. I also think that there's more upside to Burton than there is Cormier.

at 2:06 PM Blogger baundy said...

Also, I like the idea of giving Milton the chance to turn things around early this season, and then pull the plug if it isn't happening. I got to see Livingston pitch against the Yankees (the 1-1 tie on March 7) and he pitched three solid innings against most of the big bats that the Yankees have to offer. I think that if Bailey takes a little longer to progress (he's four years younger than Livingston) than Livingston could be a great possibility to step into the rotation.

at 4:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is a call up for a starter before the All Star break, it won't be Bailey. My understanding is that he has to prove he can throw all his pitches any time and has control over them first.

at 8:25 AM Blogger gebby said...

I suggest MILTOn becomes the fifth starter in the Reds rotation. This allows him fewer starts in April and May (off days) so he can work out the kinks on the sidelines inbetween starts AND positions him against the opponents weakest member of their starting staff.

at 12:11 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Seems like a logical thing to do, Gebby. And the Reds have considered it, I'm told. But the problem is the fifth starter has to a swing guy -- start and pitch out of the bullpen. Milton has never done that. Belisle and Saarloos have. And the Reds aren't sure Milton would adapt to that role.

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