Then start Dunn @ 1B, Freel @ 2B, Lopez SS, Edwin @ 3B, Pena in LF, Griffey in CF, Kearns in RF, Larue @ C. Its really makes sense to me. I know he's the captain and all but they'll get over it, take one for the team to improve the team. The only problem may be Casey's salary of $7,800,000. But for any good GM (which O'Brien is not) money issues can be beaten. What about trading Casey to Pitt (his home town)? Isn't Pitt trying to include Ward in a deal with Baltimore. Casey is a marginable 1B with little power (never hit more than 25HR and has only 4 right now) and can't run a lick. Casey right now could help LAD (Choi), Det (Shelton), Bos (Millar is sucking), TB (no way Lee should be starting), Oak (what are they gonna do with Hatteberg?), Hou (Bagwell is on his last shoulder/back), and SF (JT Snow still can't hit). These are all teams I see where Casey could improve them and teams such as Boston, Houston, Oakland, and LAD are still in the playoff picture and could sure a high average guy like Casey to make a run or cement thier place. Get on it O'Brien!!!
i agree with your general premise. a few comments, though: casey's salary is a huge obstacle (few 1b are counted on for their running, by the way); his lack of power is the secondary issue; shelton is no slouch in detroit; pittsburgh has eldred to take over ward's spot; jt snow won't lose his job because his defense is so spectacular; oakland has dan johnson; millar may be sucking, but he's generally reliable...but i agree that casey should be moved. dunner should be at first.
i also wish they'd get a decent catcher and move pepe larue.
I know Oakland has Johnson, but I was thinking about Hatteberg. Shelton won't keep this pace up. And by Casey'sspeed, I think he may be the slowest person in the majors, I think Frank Thomas with his bum ankle could outrun him. I know it comes down to money, so Lender may have to bite down on some of Casey's salary. But I reallyu think that if mueller and Millar are moved, Casey would be a good fit to help propel the Red Sox. I don't think they could rely on Johnny O at 1B besides his defense.
Let's see - no power, even less speed, not a great defensive 1B and makes $8M to boot. Yep, I just can't see why all these other teams aren't clammoring for Casey to be their 1B.
As Casey would have to be an "upgrade", either talent-wise or salary-wise, for him to have trade value, I just don't see that he qualifies in any respect. My guess is that the Reds are stuck with him until he actually (if ever) hits a few HR and some other team might be tricked into thinking that the 24 HR Casey from 2004 is back. Until then, just another bad contract signed by the Reds.
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