Austin Kearns has been persuaded by the Reds to try his hand at third base this offseason. Kearns played at third very early in his professional career before being switched to the outfield, but a glut of outfielders on the Reds have caused the club to experiment with different options.
There is no telling if Kearns can be adequate enough on defense to make this switch, but he is reportedly willing to try. The Reds are clearly trying to clear room for Wily Mo Pena and Ryan Freel to get more playing time, plus Kearns would give them the power-hitting corner infielder they have coveted. The club would like to try moving Ken Griffey Jr. to right field, and they already have Adam Dunn entrenched in left. If that were to happen, Pena would likely start in center, with Freel versatile enough to give all the outfielders regular days off. Kearns' fantasy value would increase with a move to third, although he still has to prove he can stay healthy before he is worth taking a risk on.
One of the deepest positions gets even deeper.........
Maybe he can actually stay healthy now?
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