Before the Pena deal Freel was probably not going to start at 2b (details: http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/c ... deweb.html
- free reg. required but the gist is that Narron considers him too valuable as a Util guy to start at a set position). This may help him some but Narron definitely made it clear he wants Freel's flexibility. I don't know about Denorfia's play time but he's a huge favorite of Narron (http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/c ... mccoy.html
- basically he likes his scrappy play).
2b is going to be even harder for Freel to see PT with Kata's signing (http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/c ... dsweb.html
- article lists Matt Kata, Tony Womack, Ryan Freel, Frank Menechino and Rich Aurilia all as candidates for PT at 2b).
To make matters worse for Freel, the Reds would like Rich Aurilia's bat in the lineup as well (http://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/c ... dsweb.html
). Unfortunately, he plays all 4 IF slots and if Womack gets time at 2b and with the talk of moving Dunn to the OF again AND with 3b/ss being taken up by Encarnacion/Lopez it really does look like Freel is a man without a position. I would assume that Narron really is going to go forward with Freel being a super-sub. He'll see his ab's...no doubt about that. He's a fan favorite as well as a favorite of Narron. But Narron wants him to fill in everywhere but start consistantly nowhere.