12/24/12

In Search For An Outfielder – Cincinnati Reds

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So far, we have identified six outfielders on six (6) teams:

                Atlanta – Reed Johnson
                Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
                Boston – Jerry Sands
                Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo



We now move on to the Cincinnati, who currently have  six (6) outfielders on their 40-man:

                Jay Bruce – lefty - $12mil+ through 2016 – MLB, 560-AB, 34/99
                Shin-Soo Choo – lefty – free agent in 2014 – 16/67 with Cleve/2012
                Chris Helsey – bats right – ARB-1 – MLB, 347-AB, .265
                Ryan Ludwick – bats right – just signed 2-yr, $15mil for 2013/2014 – MLB, 422-AB, .275
                Xavier Paul – lefty –  ARB-1, MLB, 86-AB, .314 -
                Yorman Rodriguez – bats right – 18th ranked prospect -

Prospects on the watch:

                Billy Hamilton - #1 prospect – ETA: 2014 –
                Ryan LaMarre - #6 prospect – ETA: 2014 –

The Reds seem to have solidified their starting outfield. Choo replaces the departed Drew Stubbs, Ludwick has signed a new 2-year deal, and Bruce is going nowhere. It seems to me that Helsey is movable with Y-Rod and X-Paul being utility outfielders.

Mets Target:  Chris Helsey – bats right… plays all three OF positions… .259 career MLB BA… 18-HR in 2011… will play 2013 as 28-year old.

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