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IMO this team will not have Dunn, Griffey, Arroyo, nor AGon by the end of this season.

 

That's a lot of freed up money.

 

How do you spend it?

 

 

I honestly don't think there's much out there via free agency at the end of the year that would address the Reds needs. The Reds need a right handed bat with some pop that could play OF, and a CF with a good OBP. I would also look at signing Volquez and Bruce to long term deals before they become eligible for arbitration, much like the Rays did with Longoria.

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If Dunn is not here and your desire is to make the team better, you either need to replace his run production (scoring runs as well as homer and RBIs) and/or you need to do a better job at keeping the other team from scoring. The common thinking is that for every 10 runs differential in net runs, your record goes up one game.

 

I doubt there is a 40HR/100runs/100RBI/high OPS guy on the market so you have to think the run production goes down. Where can you then get the extra runs or improve the staff?

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Here is the list of the 2009 MLB FA's...Age in ().

 

Catchers

Rod Barajas (33)

Michael Barrett (32)

Johnny Estrada (33)

Jason Kendall (35) - club option for '09; vests with 110 games played in '08

Paul Lo Duca (37)

Miguel Olivo (30) - $2.7MM club option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout

Ivan Rodriguez (37)

David Ross (32)

Jason Varitek (37)

Gregg Zaun (38)

 

First basemen

Ben Broussard (32)

Sean Casey (34)

Tony Clark (37)

Carlos Delgado (37) - $16MM mutual option for '09 with a $4MM buyout

Nomar Garciaparra (35)

Jason Giambi (38) - $22MM club option for '09 with a $5MM buyout

Scott Hatteberg (39)

Eric Hinske (31)

Doug Mientkiewicz (35)

Kevin Millar (37)

Richie Sexson (34)

Mark Teixeira (29)

 

Second basemen

Ray Durham (37)

Mark Ellis (32)

Marcus Giles (31)

Mark Grudzielanek (39)

Orlando Hudson (31)

Tadahito Iguchi (34)

Jeff Kent (41)

Felipe Lopez (29)

Mark Loretta (37)

Aaron Miles (32)

Jose Valentin (39)

 

Shortstops

Orlando Cabrera (34)

David Eckstein (34)

Adam Everett (32)

Rafael Furcal (31)

Cristian Guzman (31)

Cesar Izturis (29)

Felipe Lopez (29)

Edgar Renteria (33) - $11MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

Juan Uribe (30)

Omar Vizquel (42) - $5.2MM club option for '09 with a $0.3MM buyout

 

Third basemen

Casey Blake (35)

Hank Blalock (28) - $6.2MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout

Joe Crede (31)

Morgan Ensberg (33)

Nomar Garciaparra (35)

Wes Helms (33) - $3.75MM club option for '09

Chipper Jones (37) - $8-11MM vesting option for '09

Dallas McPherson (27)

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Left fielders

Moises Alou (42)

Garret Anderson (37) - $14MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

Milton Bradley (31)

Emil Brown (34)

Pat Burrell (32)

Adam Dunn (29)

Cliff Floyd (36) - $2.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout

Luis Gonzalez (41)

Raul Ibanez (37)

Jacque Jones (34)

Kevin Mench (31)

Jason Michaels (33) - $2.6MM club option for '09

Craig Monroe (32)

Jay Payton (36)

Wily Mo Pena (27) - $5MM club option or $2MM player option for '09

Manny Ramirez (37) - $20MM club option for '09

Juan Rivera (30)

Center fielders

Rocco Baldelli (27)

Mike Cameron (36) - $10MM club option for '09 with a $750K buyout

Jim Edmonds (39)

Jacque Jones (34)

Mark Kotsay (33)

Corey Patterson (29)

 

Right fielders

Bobby Abreu (35)

Casey Blake (35)

Milton Bradley (31)

Cliff Floyd (36) - $2.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout

Brian Giles (38) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

Ken Griffey Jr. (39) - $16.5MM club option for '09 with a $4MM buyout

Vladimir Guerrero (33) - $15MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

Jacque Jones (34)

Bobby Kielty (32)

Brad Wilkerson (32)

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DHs

Milton Bradley (31)

Pat Burrell (32)

Adam Dunn (29)

Cliff Floyd (36) - $2.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout

Jason Giambi (38) - $22MM club option for '09 with $5MM buyout

Vladimir Guerrero (33) - $15MM club option for '09 with a $3MM buyout

Raul Ibanez (37)

Manny Ramirez (37) - $20MM club option for '09

Juan Rivera (30)

Mike Sweeney (35)

Frank Thomas (41) - $10MM option for '09; vests with 376 PAs in '08

Jim Thome (38) - $13MM club option for '09 with $3MM buyout

Jose Vidro (34) - vesting option for '09

 

Starting pitchers

Jeremy Affeldt (30)

Tony Armas Jr. (31)

Kris Benson (33)

A.J. Burnett (32) - can opt out after '08 season

Paul Byrd (38)

Roger Clemens (46)

Matt Clement (33) - $8.75MM club option for '09 with a $0.25MM buyout

Ryan Dempster (32)

Chad Durbin (31)

Josh Fogg (32)

Jon Garland (29)

Tom Glavine (43)

Mike Hampton (36)

Mark Hendrickson (35)

Livan Hernandez (34)

Orlando Hernandez (43)

Jason Jennings (30)

Randy Johnson (45)

John Lackey (30) - $9MM club option for '09 with a $0.5MM buyout

Jon Lieber (39)

Esteban Loaiza (37) - $7.5MM club option for '09 with a $0.375MM buyout

Braden Looper (34)

Derek Lowe (36)

Greg Maddux (43)

Pedro Martinez (37)

Jamie Moyer (46)

Mark Mulder (31) - $11MM club option for '09 with a $1.5MM buyout

Mike Mussina (40)

Carl Pavano (33) - $13MM club option for '09 with a $1.95MM buyout

Brad Penny (31) - $8.75MM club option for '09 with a $2MM buyout

Odalis Perez (32)

Oliver Perez (27)

Andy Pettitte (37)

Mark Prior (27)

Kenny Rogers (44)

C.C. Sabathia (28)

Curt Schilling (42)

Ben Sheets (30)

John Smoltz (42) - $12MM club option for '09

Brett Tomko (36)

Josh Towers (32)

Steve Trachsel (38)

Tim Wakefield (42) - perpetual $4MM club option

Kip Wells (32)

Woody Williams (42)

Randy Wolf (32)

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If Dunn is not here and your desire is to make the team better, you either need to replace his run production (scoring runs as well as homer and RBIs) and/or you need to do a better job at keeping the other team from scoring. The common thinking is that for every 10 runs differential in net runs, your record goes up one game.

 

I doubt there is a 40HR/100runs/100RBI/high OPS guy on the market so you have to think the run production goes down. Where can you then get the extra runs or improve the staff?

 

Dunns rankings this year

Walks #1. Great if you want your big power hitter trotting to 1st base.

HRs #8 Good

OBP #26 OK

RBIs #39 not so hot

Runs #78 woops, even worse.

Unfortunately the Reds had a guy last year that is putting up comparable stats. No not Hobbs (he is head and shoulders above Dunn). Any guesses?

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Dunns rankings this year

Walks #1. Great if you want your big power hitter trotting to 1st base.

HRs #8 Good

OBP #26 OK

RBIs #39 not so hot

Runs #78 woops, even worse.

Unfortunately the Reds had a guy last year that is putting up comparable stats. No not Hobbs (he is head and shoulders above Dunn). Any guesses?

 

 

 

Do we really need to guess? Jorge Cantu Where would you have played Cantu?

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