The Loveable Losers wrote:On the issue of the Reds having no one to play...don't worry about that. They have Brandon Phillips holding down 2b, Dunn in LF, Kearns in RF, Lopez at SS, Encarnacion at 3b and a host of guys at 1b (Aurilia, Hatteburg, et al.). Freel would slot just fine into the every day CF role.
Now the question of what the Reds would get...I just don't see what package the Yankees could put together that the Reds would want to have.
I think we've just seen what Freel can do on an everyday basis and it's just not pretty. He is a utility player, and among the best in the league at that. But he is definitely not an everyday player.
The Reds will not make this trade while they are still in contention, I can almost promise everyone that. There's no logic behind it whatsoever, as the Reds have a "win-now" philosophy as evidenced by the Arroyo for Pena swap. If they wanted to rebuild they wouldn't have dealt Pena.