So long, Fred Lewis and Chad Reineke. We barely knew ya’.
Both players have elected to explore free agency, which is not surprising. Reineke, of course, is just organizational filler. Lewis, on the other hand, can be a useful part for a team that uses him correctly.
No matter; Lewis was not and is not the answer to the left field conundrum that faces the Reds. How the club addresses that hole (and whether they address it at all) will be one of the defining questions of the 2011/12 off-season.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.