Take a look at this article by Lonnie Wheeler in the Post. Wheeler takes a look at the Reds crowded outfield situation, and concludes that Wily Mo Pena is the odd man out.
I agree, but it didn’t have to be that way. I thought the best option would have been to trade Sean Casey in the offseason for some pitching. Okay, I recognize that such a notion is heresy in parts of Cincinnati, but Casey has been terribly inconsistent over his career, and has been just bad at times. Last year, The Mayor had a superb season, thus his trade value is higher than it likely will ever be again.
(Now, that’s not to say that I dislike Casey. I’m actually a huge Casey fan, and I’ll probably be seen wearing my Casey jersey at Great American Ballpark this season.)
If I were GM, I’d have traded Casey for the best pitcher I could get. Then I’d put Dunn at first base, and I’d have a place to play Wily Mo every day.
Depending on what kind of pitcher you could get in return for Casey, that would definitely have improved the Reds.