The Enquirer reports that Aurilia’s best “viable alternative” is the Reds.
The Reds and Aurilia have until a Sunday deadline to get a deal completed, otherwise Aurilia can’t re-sign with the Reds until May 1st.
“Both sides are trying to get it done,” Reds general manager Dan O’Brien said.
This creates quite a logjam at 2nd base where Aurilia, Freel and Womack are expected to compete for playing time. Freel could get some time in the outfield, as could Womack. Aurilia can also play SS and 3B.
My concern is that with the signing of another “veteran”, it gives the Reds (never known for their patience with young players) an excuse to give a quick hook to Edwin Encarnacion, if he would struggle early. Encarnacion has nothing left to prove at AAA and isn’t going to improve sitting on the Reds bench. This team isn’t going to contend this year (baring some major move in the pitching department), so even if he struggles, he should stay in the lineup.
Remember what they did last year when Aurilia was handed the starting shortstop job despite being out played by Felipe Lopez in ST and early in the season.
I have no problem with re-signing Aurilia. He played pretty darn well for the Reds after he came back from injury in late May. But it doesn’t make sense to me to have him, Womack, and Freel. But then again, it makes no sense to me for the Reds to have traded for Womack at all.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.