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I maintain six things about the Reds
1. The Reds have spent a lot of money and traded a lot chips and don't have a lot to show for it.
2. The Reds will have to spend more money to fix the mistakes they made spending money.
3. Aroldis Chapman will not be a starting pitching in 2014.
4. If Chapman is not starting, he should be traded. He's a valuable trade commodity and they already have the ability to replace him with current players.
5. The player that most fits the Reds needs is Giancarlo Stanton: Age, $$, position, power, RH bat. But "fitting" and "getting" are two very different things.
6. The Reds need to find out Homer Bailey's willingness to sign an extension/and if they have $$$ needed to meet demands. Those answers could point to trading him, now.
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Balanced Reds shouldn't sacrifice pitching to improve offense
Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
The biggest question for the Reds, then, is whether they should sacrifice pitching to address their offensive needs.
The answer is no.
Better they should find offense through free agency, either by re-signing Choo or adding lesser alternatives (upgrading the bench with Skip Schumaker was a good start).
One deal for every AL team
Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
The Move: Trade Brett Cecil, Ryan Goins, Matt Dean and Anthony Gose to the Reds in exchange for second baseman Brandon Phillips and backup catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Why: Phillips, 32, is coming off another 18-home run season (his fourth in a row) while making the All-Star team for the third time and winning his fourth Gold Glove award. The Reds have made it clear to teams that Phillips is available. They’d like to get out of the four years and $50 million remaining on his contract so they could use it to improve other areas. The Blue Jays would love to have Jose Reyes and Phillips together up the middle, which would arguably become the best defensive double-play combination in the game.
Swing if it's close?
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