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Actually, the best bet might be to sign Alphonso Soriano
Much as I love him, that contract scares me like nothing else. He's injured and 30. And the Reds owe him > $200,000,000.
The silliness of the column aside, much of Votto's issues stem from a 50 point drop in BABIP. Which seems flukey because he actually has a career high 35% line drive percentage.
The silliness of the column aside, much of Votto's issues stem from a 50 point drop in BABIP. Which seems flukey because he actually has a career high 35% line drive percentage. But, yes, his home runs and ISO are down.
Votto contract looks a lot like Helton. The last six years were 7 WAR at ~$81M.
As for short-term replacements, not looking good.
Jay Bruce started at 1B last night, which he has never done as a pro (minors included). He did not look great, but I think he's acceptable if it means getting someone good in the outfield. The Reds started Ludwick and Shumaker in the corners last night. Bottom line is that team needs another bat. The likely call-up is either Donald Lutz or Neftali Soto, neither of whom are exciting but probably better hitters than Shumaker.
I agree that Dunn would be a good fit for the larger side of a DH platoon. But there aren't many teams looking to fill that role, which really limits his opportunities.
So this guy is hitting .515 in Indy ball. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=bladel000joh
Never heard of him, and there must be a reason he wasn't drafted, but it couldn't hurt to put him in AA for a few weeks and see what he can do.
If they need a 1B, they should call the Nationals and inquire about LaRoche. He's an FA at the end of the year, and DC would probably be willing to move him and get Zimmerman off 3rd.
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