Take a look at this article by Lonnie Wheeler in the Post. Wheeler takes a look at the Reds crowded outfield situation, and concludes that Wily Mo Pena is the odd man out.
I agree, but it didn’t have to be that way. I thought the best option would have been to trade Sean Casey in the offseason for some pitching. Okay, I recognize that such a notion is heresy in parts of Cincinnati, but Casey has been terribly inconsistent over his career, and has been just bad at times. Last year, The Mayor had a superb season, thus his trade value is higher than it likely will ever be again.
(Now, that’s not to say that I dislike Casey. I’m actually a huge Casey fan, and I’ll probably be seen wearing my Casey jersey at Great American Ballpark this season.)
If I were GM, I’d have traded Casey for the best pitcher I could get. Then I’d put Dunn at first base, and I’d have a place to play Wily Mo every day.
Depending on what kind of pitcher you could get in return for Casey, that would definitely have improved the Reds.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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