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In Todd we trusted

Ed: Please welcome Chase Howell to the Redleg Nation family. Chase will be posting occasionally here over the next few months (and maybe more), and we’re glad to have him.

It’s gone.

The last hope for Cincinnati, the one silver lining the city has hung on to for over a month, is no longer within grasp.

Todd Frazier, you did what you could.

No World Series. No Cy Young, not even a Gold Glove for Brandon Phillips. But at least there was this, the NL Rookie of the Year. The Reds had a true, likable hero, a rising star who could show the media hype that Cincy had been left in the dark.

With one last swift kick while we’re down, the NL Rookie of the Year is gone, landing somewhere between Maryland and Virginia, with a cocky outfielder whose name ESPN sang from day one of the season.

Frazier, we’re still proud of you.

And for good reason.

Let’s compare the Toddfather’s numbers to “The Chosen One,” Bryce Harper. First off, Harper recorded 132 more plate appearances than Frazier as a regular starter. In that time, he put 22 over the fence–Frazier hit 19 home runs, again in 132 less at-bats. RBIs? Frazier posted 67 to Harper’s 57 in, may I remind you once again, 132 less plate-appearances.

To be fair, Harper recorded 98 runs to Frazier’s 55–on a team that drove in runs on a much more consistent basis than the LOB kings in Cincinnati. And, Harper recorded 18 steals to Frazier’s three.

Other categories in which Frazier ousted Harper include, but are not limited to: batting average (.273 vs. .270), slugging percentage (.498 vs. .477), BABIP (.316 vs. .310), wOBA (.354 vs. .352), and ISO (.255 vs. .206). Also, let us not forget that Frazier played first, third, and outfield at various times when needed for injury purposes.

Categories where Frazier fell just shy of Harper? On-base percentage (.331 vs. .340), walk percentage (7.7% to 9.4%), strikeout percentage (22.2% vs. 20.1%), and wRC+ (120 vs. 121).

To many, the all-inclusive WAR proved to tip the scales, with Harper securing 4.9 wins for the Nationals to Frazier’s 2.8 for the Reds.

Oh, and one more category where Bryce crushed Todd: media attention. This is a rough estimate, my own observation you might say. Harper’s name was basically mentioned on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight every single day.

Frazier? Frazier who?

Doesn’t a 19-year-old phenom make for a better RoY story than a 26-year-old Brooklyn guy?

Unfortunately, it does, whether the stats disagree or not.

But cheer up, Cincinnati. Look at the bright side. Next year, the Reds will have Frazier playing third, and if he wins NL MVP, maybe, just maybe, the nation will recognize his name.

62 thoughts on “In Todd we trusted

  1. Todd Frazier will be a silver slugger next year, Votto is taking the MVP and Cueto will be Cy Young.

    I’d say Frazier would be all three…but the voters would never do that.

  2. Dusty Baker is up for NL Manager of the Year tonight. That should count.

    Jay Bruce won the NL Silver Slugger award for RF.

    I think Frazier would have won the ROY award if he’d had a better September. Frazier cratered and Harper finished strong. Harper also had a decisive edge in defense.

  3. I’m not sure I understand … is there a reason that ROY award from writers is valued more than the one voted on by the Players?

  4. Absolutely correct. Except Harper had the ROY locked up in about 2010. All he had to do was get called up and not be horrible. This is why writers do a disservice to the things they cover. They’ll bitch all day about the bowl system in football and how unfair it is on the have-nots, then we’ll give the ROY away on hype alone.

  5. I hope the Reds are as mad as I am. Mad about the ROY. Mad about the All-Star Game snubs. Mad about the Gold Glove snubs. Mad about Johnny losing out on the Cy-Young. And most importantly, mad about how the season ended. Come out next year angry and ready to prove something.

  6. I am a huge Todd Frazier fan and would have loved for him to won the award, but when you look at it completely objectively I think Harper was the better overall player. In my mind Harper was a better defender on the tougher end of the defensive spectrum, got on base at a better rate, and stole significantly more bases. Also, Harper’s SLG was a little lower at face value, but I think playing in GABP versus in Wash makes a big difference especially in terms of slugging. The difference in runs versus RBI between the two was more due to Harper hitting second and Frazier fifth.

    Either way, it does stink getting shutout of so many of the awards. I guess at least Jay Bruce got the Silver Slugger (hehe). Hopefully Votto returns completely healthy and with a vengeance next year and brings home a second MVP. I would be lying if I said that I don’t have some concern with his knee problem going forward. I know it is supposedly just a minor thing and most likely that is all that it really is, but sometimes knee problems become chronic in nature, and in year 1 of a 12 year contract you miss time with 2 “minor” surgeries it is a little worrisome. Seeing Joey have a really good season, especially from a power perspective would be a great sign.

    I hate this time of year for Reds baseball – I’m so anxious for news/updates/trade rumors/whatever but there is almost nothing going on. One little “I would be open to trading a SS in the right deal” liner and that’s basically it (well duh). Hopefully the Hot Stove starts getting going a little bit.

    • I think playing in GABP versus in Wash makes a big difference especially in terms of slugging.

      Frazier slugged .526 and had a .871 OPS on the road compared to Harper’s .469 and .802.

  7. You have to put some of this on Baker. Yes, Frazier would still have to performed. But, it’s hard to perform from the bench. Baker decided to go with Rolen during the homestretch as well as the playoffs. Thus, Frazier was hardly used. Hard to keep your swing up, much less put up any numbers, when you are barely seeing any playing time. And, Frazier definitely deserved some playing time.

    Given that, I can understand Baker not taking out Stubbs during the homestretch, moving Bruce to CF and Frazier to RF. But, that’s only because that decision should have been moved months earlier.

    If not that, then Frazier should have been in instead of Rolen. I can understand going with Rolen, Baker’s reasoning, “Toddy’s never been through a playoff race and in the playoffs.”. The thing is, with that reasoning, always playing the guy with “the experience”, “the future” of the club will be too old themself when their turn was to come, and we will have to look elsewhere for a replacement.

    Who’s the 3rd baseman right now for next year? Right now, it has to be Frazier. Last season’s playoff stretch would have been a perfect time to see if Frazier was “the guy” or if we were going to need to look elsewhere for a 3rd baseman next season. He definitely wouldn’t have been any worse than Rolen, and the odds of Rolen finding “the fountain of youth” for a playoff run would be unlikely.

  8. Even if you look at Harper’s and Frazier’s numbers, they had similar numbers with one key detail. Harper had over 100 more AB’s. Give Frazier the number of AB’s Harper had, Frazier gets 5 more HR’s and 17 more RBI’s. Given also the fact that Frazier was called on to play 4 different positions this season, infield and outfield (Harper 3 position, only OF), that would be an addition for Frazier. But, the BBW would consider, “Apparently the manager doesn’t think this guy is a starter on his own team, so why vote him for ROY?”, they would consider the player who the manager thinks is a starter for his team. It doesn’t hurt to have the publicity, either. But, Baker sure didn’t help Frazier one bit.

  9. I’m calling Bull-S#@t on all these awards going to less deserving non-Reds Players…
    …Phillips is your NL Gold Glover at 2b and Frazier was the best rookie in the NL this year. Period.

    …and besides, Harpers a punk and Todds a good dude… 8)

  10. The writers got it right. The players got it wrong. Players are terrible at looking at awards objectively anyway. Gee…I wonder if they’d prefer the extremely outgoing and superfriendly Frazier, or the cocky wunderkind future superstar?

    Harper played above average defense and over 2/3 his games at a premium position. Frazier played (perhaps) average defense at 3b. Frazier had a good season but Harper was better.

    • Harper played above average defense and over 2/3 his games at a premium position. Frazier played (perhaps) average defense at 3b. Frazier had a good season but Harper was better.

      A player interviewed on mlbnetwork (wish I heard who it was) said that Frazier’s versatility – playing 1st base, 3rd base, and LF was a factor in getting his vote. Players would appreciate the difficulty of that, and of playing as needed off the bench (a liability in the eyes of the writers). Casey Stern, the interviewer, asked whether the players’ vote was a backlash against the attention received by the “expected” (i.e. deserving) winner. The player just replied that he voted based on what rookie players did on the field.

      I don’t really have an opinion on Frazier vs. Harper on ROY. I did know the vote would not be close. I also knew that Frazier would have to outperform Harper by a wide margin to win. Why ? Because of asses like Casey Stern (Jim Bowden’s on the air partner). He didn’t even have a vote, but he represents everything that’s wrong with the media duds.

  11. I wonder whether Walt had his eye on any of the Marlins? A bunch of them are apparently headed to the Blue Jays …

    • I wish MLB Network would just list the players that the Marlins are not sending to Canada. That would be so much easier to follow.

      I wonder whether Walt had his eye on any of the Marlins? A bunch of them are apparently headed to the Blue Jays …

    • I wonder whether Walt had his eye on any of the Marlins? A bunch of them are apparently headed to the Blue Jays …

      Wow. Thats a blockbuster of a trade. Four high priced veterans for a bunch of prospects. Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, Jose Reyes, and Emilio Bonafacio to the Jays. The Jays now have an excess of OFers. If the Reds don’t get Eaton or Revere, maybe Rajai Davis could be a fit. Could they possibly swing a deal for Jose Bautista?? A trade like this can get the dominos to start falling quickly.

    • I wonder whether Walt had his eye on any of the Marlins? A bunch of them are apparently headed to the Blue Jays …

      If he did, maybe he still does. Why think small? What would Reyes cost in talent to land and $$$ to pay?

  12. Harper can definitely thank ESPN. Great article on the deadspin site about how/why ESPN demands ridiculous coverage of Tebow. Same thing with slightly less intensity this year with Harper and last year with Strasburg. To their credit, none of these guys asked for this stuff. They may be fine guys, but in the case of Harper & Strasburg ESPN makes it difficult to like them.

    At any rate, it got Harper Rookie of the Year in my opinion.

  13. Silver lining, Jay Bruce won a Silver Slugger Award. The Reds have been snubbed for everything else – Gold Gloves, All Star spots, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Cy Young Award.

    Dusty was up for Manager of the Year tonight, just like how 7 Reds were up for Gold Gloves. No winners.

    Flexibility is really under appreciated, but it’s something that Todd Frazier offers, switching between 1b, 2b, 3b, and LF after giving up on shortstop. Bryce Harper, on the other hand, the writers all had his image ready to put it on multiple magazine covers. Nobody would trade Bryce Harper for Todd Frazier but the Reds couldn’t have been so successful without Frazier’s versatility.

    Todd Frazier was outhit in the final few weeks by the big name veteran with a shelf full of Gold Glove Awards, a guy named Scott Rolen. It’s silly to blame Dusty for that. Blame Rolen and Votto for getting healthy and outperforming Frazier, not the manager.

    • Todd Frazier was outhit in the final few weeks by the big name veteran with a shelf full of Gold Glove Awards, a guy named Scott Rolen. It’s silly to blame Dusty for that. Blame Rolen and Votto for getting healthy and outperforming Frazier, not the manager.

      That was only because Baker decided on going with Rolen pretty much exclusively during the last several weeks of the season. Baker’s reasoning, “Toddy’s never been in a pennant race.” With that reasoning, it would be realistic that Toddy would never get an opportunity, since there would always be others who have been through it.

      • Frazier had plenty of at-bats in September.

        That was only because Baker decided on going with Rolen pretty much exclusively during the last several weeks of the season.Baker’s reasoning, “Toddy’s never been in a pennant race.”With that reasoning, it would be realistic that Toddy would never get an opportunity, since there would always be others who have been through it.

        • Frazier had plenty of at-bats in September.

          That’s your opinion. But, when Baker went almost exclusively with Rolen at 3rd, it’s pretty obvious how much playing time Frazier was getting. The number of games played and AB’s both went down 30% from August to September for Frazier. Hard to keep your stroke up when you’re only playing every 3rd/4th day.

        • Frazier had 72 at bats in September. Rolen had 44.

          That’s your opinion.But, when Baker went almost exclusively with Rolen at 3rd, it’s pretty obvious how much playing time Frazier was getting.The number of games played and AB’s both went down 30% from August to September for Frazier.Hard to keep your stroke up when you’re only playing every 3rd/4th day.

        • Frazier had 72 at bats in September. Rolen had 44.

          And, Frazier just came off a month in August of 120 AB’s, batting 330. It’s difficult enough to do that, much less for a rookie, much less doing it playing every 3rd/4th game after being pretty much an everyday player and then shown the bench.

        • You really think a player could get 72 at bats “playing every 3rd/4th game?” I am curious how that math works out.

          And, Frazier just came off a month in August of 120 AB’s, batting 330.It’s difficult enough to do that, much less for a rookie, much less doing it playing every 3rd/4th game after being pretty much an everyday player and then shown the bench.

  14. Dusty bit the dust in Manager of the year voting. Award went to Nats Davey Johnson. Johnson probably deserved it.

  15. I wonder if Walt will make a play for Giancarlo Stanton. Some people think that he’ll be sold off next, while others still believe he’s untouchable. If I were the Marlins, I wouldn’t move the guy, but this is the team that traded Miguel Cabrera away, you feel me? And to be honest, I think the deal could be swung without sending out Billy Hamilton. Follow my logic here:

    Marlins park is huge, and the Marlins just traded away their best centerfielder in Bonifacio, without receiving an immediate player back. And, with Bonifacio and Reyes gone, this is a team who has Chris Coghlan to rely on for speed. So, Drew Stubbs is sent the other way.

    The Marlins traded away 2/5s of their starting rotation, and some people think Ricky Nolasco is next in terms of pitchers dealt away. That’ll be three pitchers from last year’s rotation, gone. Again, they have a HUGE ball park their, so Mike Leake is part of the package.

    Yunel Escobar was part of the return, but he’s always more of a headache than not, plus he’s only under contract through next year with team options following, so he could be out of town rather quickly. Send Didi Gregorious their way.

    Finally, the Marlins would want some bonafide youth coming the other way. That means either Robert Stephenson or Tony Cingrani. I don’t know how the Marlin’s views these two fellows, but Cingrani could step into their rotation next year, while Stephenson could form a future nasty duo with their Jose Fernandez. For our sake, we’ll say Cingrani.

    That’s Stubbs, Leake, Gregorious and Cingrani for Stanton and a bullpen arm or two, maybe Steve Chisek or Mike Dunn. Maybe an infielder like Greg Dobbs. Or minor league players, like a b level prospect.

    Theoretically, with their athletic ability, you could put one of Bruce or Stanton in right and the other anywhere else in the outfield. I’d assume Bruce stays in right while Stanton moves to left.

    What once was an unthinkable pipe dream now seems like a plausible reality. This, friends and neighbors, would be a deal worth making.

    • @hermanbates: I love your thinking. However, I have heard that five of the Marlins’ nine remaining fans vowed not to buy tickets next year if they trade Stanton.

    • @hermanbates, @MrRedlegs3900, and @WVRedlegs
      I wonder if Walt will make a play for Giancarlo Stanton. Some people think that he’ll be sold off next, while others still believe he’s untouchable.

      You realize if the Marlins crooked owners had their way, they’d have nothing by pre-arb players? Trading The Missile for Stanton would make sense in most situations, but not this one. Loria and his ownership team has a record of having the lowest payroll, being the poorest team, and pocketing the $100 Million they receives in Revenue Sharing.

  16. @hermanbates:

    I was thinking the same thing. Stanton is “pissed” about the Marlins trading away everyone. Stanton is a RH hitter. Stanton could play LF and bat 4th between Votto and Bruce. It would make for probably the best 3-4-5 line up in the NL. Frazier then fits in nicely at 3B. We thought the price was steep for Latos. This would be an even higher price to pay. Like you say, though, it is doable. And it might be doable without putting in Hamilton, Cingrani or Stephenson. It could possibly be done with a 1 for 1 trade. Chapman for Stanton. Chapman and his Cuban heritatge would become royalty in South Florida. While Stanton could become more of an MVP caliber player, more than he already is, in the Reds lineup. Or a package like you suggest starting with Stubbs and Leake, and adding in a combo of Corcino, Lotzkar, H-Rod, Didi G, Soto or Lutz. It could be done.

    • @WVRedlegs:

      Stanton is “pissed” about the Marlins trading away everyone. Stanton is a RH hitter. Stanton could play LF and bat 4th between Votto and Bruce. It would make for probably the best 3-4-5 line up in the NL. Frazier then fits in nicely at 3B. And it might be doable without putting in Hamilton, Cingrani or Stephenson. It could possibly be done with a 1 for 1 trade. Chapman for Stanton. Chapman and his Cuban heritatge would become royalty in South Florida.

      That my good WVR could happen! OMG, are you listening WJ? Stanton is still pre-arb and a contract extention similar to the contract that Bruce signed or the previous contract the Votto signed could aslo be doable. Stanton in GABP, sandwiched between Votto & Bruce…can you just imagine? :twisted: And it would actually increase the room in the 2013 budget for that leadoff hitter and closer.

    • @hermanbates:

      It could possibly be done with a 1 for 1 trade.Chapman for Stanton.Chapman and his Cuban heritatge would become royalty in South Florida.While Stanton could become more of an MVP caliber player, more than he already is, in the Reds lineup.

      If Stanton cracked 37 homeruns last year playing in the Colosseum that is Miami’s ballpark, imagine how many he would hit at GABP. 50 longballs anyone?

      • If Stanton cracked 37 homeruns last year playing in the Colosseum that is Miami’s ballpark, imagine how many he would hit at GABP. 50 longballs anyone?

        Plus he is a near .300 hitter. And hits well with RISP. Just what the Reds offense sorely needs. The possiblities are mind boggling. Then go get a leadoff hitter and the puzzle is nearly complete. The bench will need to be addressed, but I hope signing Jeff Keppinger is part of the solution there.

  17. @WVRedlegs: I’m all for it. There is not a single better player to both protect Votto and split up the lefties in the league than Stanton. If it were Stanton for Chapman, which I could get on board with, especially since that frees up money to go after another guy to pitch late in the bullpen. I think one player who could get fans fired up like Chapman would be Stanton. He’d OWN the left field seats.

  18. Why would the Marlins trade a younger, cheaper, and more established player for Chapman? Chapman’s value’s ceiling is pretty much equal to current Stanton. Chapman isn’t very likely to ever hit that ceiling now thanks to the Reds’ terrible management of him. Chapman’s Cuban roots is nice and all, but no one buys tickets to watch a closer, particularly for a terrible ball club.

  19. Every time anyone gets upset at Dusty now, Reds fans should just stop, take a breath and think about what it would like to be a Marlins fan. I would be so pi$$ed off right now if I were them. We have first world baseball problems right now, they have small Middle Eastern nation problems.

    • Every time anyone gets upset at Dusty now, Reds fans should just stop, take a breath and think about what it would like to be a Marlins fan.

      Sometimes I stop and think about being a unicorn.

      It’s fun thinking about being a mythical creature.

      • Every time anyone gets upset at Dusty now, Reds fans should just stop, take a breath and think about what it would like to be a Marlins fan.

        RE: Sometimes I stop and think about being a unicorn.

        It’s fun thinking about being a mythical creature.

        8O :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :roll:

  20. @CP: Why do the Marlins do anything man? This is the organization that traded away all of their major pieces after their first world series, then went and dealt their two aces and their young stud from their 2003 world series shortly afterward as well. Obviously they aren’t privy to doing normal baseball moves. If Stanton is being shopped, and at this point there is really no reason to believe he isn’t going to be, the Reds could make the move if they wished.

    Plus, in terms of what Chapman can be, they’d put him in the rotation, they’re comparable in age, Chapman’s ceiling is not nearly close to being reached, and he’s Cuban going to a Cuban market. He wouldn’t be a closer down there brother. The trade makes a lot more sense than it doesn’t.

  21. Torii Hunter signed with the Tigers.
    2yr/$26MM deal. That is one option now off the table for the OF. Reds didn’t have much of a chance anyway with Hunter.

    And I’m with hermanbates on Stanton. If I was WJ I’d charter a jet to Miami and get down to business face to face with the Marlins brass. The Reds have the ingredients to package to get Stanton. Walt, go get Stanton.

  22. Since my other comment is awaiting moderation, Stanton is pre-arb. They will not trade Chapman for a pre-arb player. The fish want a 25 man roster full of pre-arb players so that they can cash in on the revenue sharing.

  23. Isn’t the Marlins organization just there so people who have retired to Florida and want to see their favorite team play have a venue to do so?

  24. There is an excellent article on Tony Cingrani on the website milb dot com. It is dated 11/13/2012. It is a long Q&A session. I was liking him when he pitched at Billings last year and Pennsacola this year, and liked him even more after his callup tot he Reds. I like him even that much more after reading this. I hope the Reds never trade this guy. I hope the guys at RLNation reprint that article on here. Everybody should read it.

  25. 11/12/12 Cincinnati Reds signed free agent 3B Mike Hessman.

    Career minor league 3B/1B. Good power. RH hitter. 35 years old for 2013 season. Cairo’s replacement maybe?

  26. The Fish signed Jordan Smith & Chris Valaika to minor league contracts. The Bats roster could be exciting this year with a major turnover in both pitching and position players from the start of last year.

  27. I just saw that Chapman has two more years with the Reds and a player option for the 3rd…

    No way the Reds can afford him unless they extend him now. Agree?

    • I just saw that Chapman has two more years with the Reds and a player option for the 3rd…

      No way the Reds can afford him unless they extend him now. Agree?

      Yes there a player option is on the last year of his contract but if he turned down the contract he would be arbitration eligible not a free agent as I count the years of service.

      • Yes there a playeroption is on the last year of his contract but if he turned down the contract he would be arbitration eligible not afree agent as I count the years of service.

        Maybe he will take the player option to avoid a multi year deal before free agency…

  28. First we do or do not sign Ludwick. If we don’t sign him, life is more complicated. Then we can figure whether a trade or signing a free agent for for Center and Left is the best route. Whom we trade will probably tell us whom the top four pitchers are.

  29. @seat101:

    From what I heard last night on TV, Ludwick is seeking a Kubel/Cuddyer type of contract. A 3yr./$30-$33MM deal. Don’t think WJ can go for that. Both LA’s, Texas, Yanks, and Boston, who are all looking for a corner OF, can afford that. But good luck to Ludwick, he deserves a nice contract. I just don’t think it will be with the Reds.
    Also heard that the LAD are listening to offers for OF Andre Ethier. I think he will be a free agent after next year. I was wondering if maybe he could be a fit for the Reds, but with that contract situation I just don’t think WJ would be interested.

  30. @seat101:
    I think any of the top FA OF just went beyond the Reds budget when Hunter signed for 2 years and $26MM. That simply blew the contracts signed last year by Cuddyer and Willingham completely out of the water. I think Ludwick will simply be out of reach financially. I think WJ will be looking at the trade market and/or the 2nd tier of FA OF for another bargain.

  31. @Shchi Cossack:

    Willingham’s contract was 3yr/$21MM. That is probably one more year than the Reds would want to sign Ludwick. But the $7MM per year is about right. You are right though about Torii Hunter’s deal, that just set the market for aging OF’s. He is 37 years old isn’t he?? A bit steep and ludicrus for being 37. But the Tigers want to get back to the World Series and are willing to pay that. Hope WJ doesn’t get that desparate.

    • As reported by Mark Sheldon:

      Bruce is interested in adding another six years to the deal. “[Bruce] made it clear that he wants to be a Red his entire career,” Bruce’s agent, Matt Sosnick, said. “[Joey] Votto is in his wedding in a couple of weeks and he wants to play with him. He has a lot of friends there. He and his fiancee are very comfortable in Cincinnati. Jay asked me to approach the team and see if something is there. We’ll see if the team has any interest.”

      Bruce will 28 when his current contract expires in 2016 with a team option for $13MM in 2017 when he will be 29. Six years covers ages 30-35, usually the final prime years for a corner OF. $72-78MM for six years (2018-2023)? That would seem a good fit for all parties. Do you have the funding for another contract Mr. Castellini? The Reds just don’t have any can’t miss, carry the team type, corner OF coming up through the minor league system.

      • Bruce will 28 when his current contract expires in 2016 with a team option for $13MM in 2017 when he will be 29. Six years covers ages 30-35, usually the final prime years for a corner OF. $72-78MM for six years (2018-2023)? That would seem a good fit for all parties. Do you have the funding for another contract Mr. Castellini? The Reds just don’t have any can’t miss, carry the team type, corner OF coming up through the minor league system.

        Bruce is signed thru 2016. Its a little pre-mature for that kind os discussion. This should be an issue and something to consider next winter. Lets see what Bruce does in 2013. This winter, extensions should be considered for Cueto, Latos and Bailey first and foremost.

  32. When I hear about replacing Ryan Ludwick I think about Moneyball and Billy Beane trying to replace Jason Giambi. I don’t think the Reds are trying to replace Ryan Ludwick, they’re looking for an outfielder and a leadoff hitter.

    I definitely don’t expect the Marlins to trade the inexpensive young Stanton but even if he was available I don’t see him as a fit for the Reds. He would replace Ryan Ludwick but he wouldn’t address the need for a leadoff hitter.

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