4th in Rookie of the Year voting
Twice in the top 30 in the MVP vote
Who’s that? Mr. Adam Troy Dunn, ex-Cincinnati Reds, current Diamondback for hire.
Sometimes it’s hard to let it go. As a lifelong Reds fan, I’m utterly dismayed about the state of the franchise…and even more so now that the powers that be decided that they can let 270 homeruns walk out the door for little to nothing.
To further my frustration, I stumbled upon across an article in the Dayton Daily News by Greg Simms stating the Reds wouldn’t look like the same team next year as they do this year. While that’s obvious to an extent, the author of the article essentially says that every position player the Reds currently have is expendable. According to Simms, the Reds have a good rotation and absolutely no position players that are considered untouchable.
Catcher: Championships are built up the middle, starting here. There's nobody
special, so expect a new face.
First base: Joey Votto. He has slugger potential, but he's no defensive whiz. He
could play left field, where he would be slow. I can see postage on his
Second base: Brandon Phillips. The team's best player, but he could be dealt for
Third base: Edwin Encarnacion. A GM's nightmare. All the talent is there, but
he's erratic and he's 25. Could become a star somewhere else.
Shortstop: Jeff Keppinger has limited range. Say goodbye, Jeff.
Outfield: Load 'em up and ship 'em out. Fan favorite Jay Bruce might hold down
right field, but he's slow.
Pitching: Rotation looks good. Aaron Harang, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and
Bronson Arroyo. Bullpen needs rebuilding. Don't worry. Jocketty and staff know
where the talent is.