Well, I find myself following the Reds and Cardinals a lot this season. Not entirely a fan of either, although I've become a big fan of Austin Kearns. Also was a big fan of Aaron Boone when he came up, but he's been a little disappointing, especially this year.
Been following the Cardinals mostly because I've been trying to figure out the deal with the Eil Marerro situation. He seems to have been benched after having a long cold spell, and that may be that for my favorite phenom catcher.
For once, I'm almost entirely in the dark concerning Houston. Back in the old days of the Cubs in the East, it was the Mets and the Phillies that I was always caught up on.
I've meditated on the subject and here's what I think are the only possibilities when Griffey comes back:
I believe there's no possibility that Encarnacion, Kearns, or Dunn will be benched, so....
1. Boone is benched, one of the three plays third. (I think this will happen)
2. Casey is benched, Dunn plays first. (Dunn played 1st recently)
3. Encarnacion is traded for a veteran pitcher (Not likely this early unless Brewers, Devil Rays, Tigers, or Royals are dealing)
4. Griffey plays 1 or 2 games, reinjures/aggravates his knee and decides on surgery. Fans boo.
Ok, this could be an insulting offer for Encarnacion, but, If I'm the Dodgers, I'm on the phone right now talking to the Reds about a swap in which the Dodgers give up Omar Daal. They only use him in relief and spot starts, and he clearly wants out, and the Dodgers could actually have a pretty decent outfield with Green, Jordan, and Encarnacion. Its just a matter of whether the Reds would bite at Daal (maybe a minor leaguer or someone like that thrown in).
Yeah, talk about conflict of interest here. I understand giving Griffey a day off once a week. Have to protect that guy until he gets his strenght back.
I don't know where I read it, but someone said it's clear the Reds outfield is Dunn, Kearns and Griffey for the next five years. Encarnacion is not bad, and I'm sure they could upgrade somewhere else with a trade.
Daddy's favorite son is stinking up the joint, but I don't know if it makes sense to play Kearns at third. I heard he used to play short. I'd love it if they did that for 5 games anyway, because I could the use him at third for the rest of the season!
I assume they're trying to trade Encarnacion, but they haven't gotten anyone to bite yet. Plus, they may be waiting to see if Griffey will stay off the DL. If they let Encarnacion go, the Griffey gets hurt, they might not be so happy.
It's an interesting story, that is in now way finished, that's for sure!