You be the GM (blog edition)
This is a preview of the what's running in the Sunday paper. It's my annual You Be the GM Insider. We moved it up because of the way the club's playing:
What would you do?
The Reds are obviously in need of a fix.
If you were general manager Wayne Krivsky, what would you do? We pose this question every year. We usually wait until July, but the time is right and the fans are restless.
The first decision you have to make is whether you try to fix things short-term or long-term.
Regardless of whether you try to salvage the season or rebuild for 2008, you have to do it in three moves – my column, my rules. Keep your suggestions brief.
You can post them as comments on my blog.
We’ll run some of the best ones in next Sunday’s paper.
Be realistic. The New York Yankees aren’t going to trade Alex Rodriguez for Edwin Encarnacion and Todd Coffey. The Twins aren’t going to trade Johan Santana for Matt Belisle and Norris Hopper.
The Mets aren’t going to trade Jose Reyes for six minor-leaguers.
Though the season hasn’t made it easy to be a Reds fan, a fire sale can do wonderful things for a franchise. The last time the Reds had one was in the summer of 2003.
Jose Guillen got them three players in ’03, one of whom was Aaron Harang. Kent Mercker got them Belisle. That’s two-fifths of today’s rotation for two players who were going to be free agents.
Have at it.