2011 Reds / 2012 Reds

So long, Fred Lewis

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.

17 thoughts on “So long, Fred Lewis

  1. It sort of seemed like Dusty didn’t like Fred Lewis from the start. Even though he was the exact “type” of player that he loves.

  2. Man, I guess I just wasn’t supposed to sleep last night.

    1. That was maybe the greatest WS game in my lifetime. Too bad the Cards one. Still, I had a Cards’ fan at work tell me it was the greatest WS game ever. I politely handed him my copy of “The Big Red Machine” by Joe Posnanski and told him to focus towards the end of the book. 😆

    2. Bar results for OH game out at 7 today. That had me a little nervous. I passed. 8)

  3. @Ethan D: Agreed. I always figured Dusty must have had some negative inside info on Fred from someone whose opinion he valued greatly. Either that or he was in a serious snit that they signed Lewis over somebody else in particular and just couldn’t put it behind him.

  4. “We’re happy with what we have.”

    My favorite Walt Jocketty, until he decides to get off his chair and solve some of this team’s issues.

  5. The Cards have had more things go right (i.e., luck) than any team I can remember, in the last month that is. (Out of pitchers we want? Conjure up a rainout!)

    That said, does anyone realize how daunting of a task competing with these guys next year is? If you are comforting yourself with “Berkman is going to drop”, I’ve got “full season of David Freese” to counter it.

    The only hope the Reds have is Pujols leaves, which I highly, highly doubt. Otherwise, they’re going to need several moves to get into position to compete.

    • The Cards have had more things go right (i.e., luck) than any team I can remember, in the last month that is.(Out of pitchers we want?Conjure up a rainout!)

      That said, does anyone realize how daunting of a task competing with these guys next year is?If you are comforting yourself with “Berkman is going to drop”, I’ve got “full season of David Freese” to counter it.

      The only hope the Reds have is Pujols leaves, which I highly, highly doubt.Otherwise, they’re going to need several moves to get into position to compete.

      If the Reds don’t make several moves this offseason it won’t matter that the Cardinals are so good. The Reds simply aren’t good enough as they are to win the thing.

      Jocketty better come up with something besides chirping crickets.

  6. Yawn…goodbye to Lewis and Reineke, we hardly knew you! Lewis could be useful in the right spot but being on the Reds’ roster is not the right spot. The left field issue was a major issue and Lewis just muddied the waters.

    As far as the Cards are concerned, they have just gotten hot at the right time. Clearly they are not the best team in the National League. In fact, I do not think they are the best team in the Central. They just happened to get hot and as much as I hate Tony LaRussa, every decision that he makes is going right. He is living a charmed life. However I will also say that LaRussa is probably the most prepared manager in baseball. Can we close our eyes and think what he could do with our Reds?

  7. Fred Lewis is one of those guys who really looks like a ballplayer sometimes and then other times not so much. The Giants were hoping he’d be the new Bonds. He was worth a look and didn’t cost a lot. But the 5th outfielder position is not my number one concern for next season.

  8. @Myles: Well, the Reds could be good enough to beat the rest of the division without doing anything, given that the Crew is losing Fielder. But they definitely are not good enough to beat the Cards without significant moves (more precisely: significant IMPROVEMENTS), the way I see it.

  9. @Dave Lowenthal: I agree significant improvements are needed by the Reds. Some of it is new faces. Some of it internal.

    A lot of it needs to happen between the ears of whoever it is wearing the Reds uniforms. They have to get past giving away outs on the base paths with regularity. They have to know when and where to throw the ball in the field and even more importantly when not to throw it certain places in certain situations. Batters have to understand there are times they simply must get a particular runner over or across home plate. And pitchers must understand that there are certain batters in given situations they can’t let beat them and certain situations where they cannot allow a run to score period.

    Will they always succeed at all these things? No, but they need to adjust to having the attitude that they must succeed on every occasion instead of the attitude they will give it their best try and whatever happens will happen.

  10. @OhioJim: And yes Dave, going on months later, I still don’t want to hear Nick Massett (at least not in a Reds uniform or in the Reds clubhouse) opining of how the crucial pitch wasn’t really that bad. It was just a little higher or lower or inside or outside of what he intended but still not really a bad pitch. That’s the attitude and outlook that has to go away.

  11. It’s obvious to me that Baker and Jocketty are not on the same page. Until one of them are gone, I don’t see the Reds winning anything.

  12. Tim Dierkes at mlbtraderumors.com predicts we’ll sign Josh Willingham and Juan Pierre.

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