Tony Womack, Ryan Freel, Rich Aurilia and possibly Ray Olmedo will all be getting frequent opportunities to play second base at Spring Training for Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron.
To Narron, it was another word that came to mind last month when he talked about his glut of middle infielders.
“It’s a luxury,” Narron said.
Nobody out of this group should play in front of Freel. Period.
“Tony Womack is a veteran with postseason and World Series experience,” Reds interim general manager Brad Kullman said last week. “He will get to play second a good amount of the time. Rich Aurilia as well. Ryan Freel will be all over the place and play second as well.”
If this doesn’t cool your enthusiasm for Brad Kullman getting the GM job, I can’t imagine what would. For a “numbers guy” to seem to be pushing Tony Womack for playing time is unbelievable.
Narron plans to use him at multiple positions, including shortstop and the outfield.
Assuming that Denorfia and Cruz make the team as outfielders, why in the world would Womack ever get any time out there? And if Aurilia isn’t starting at 3B (which many of us are worried that he will be, though we don’t believe he should), why would Womack play shortstop in front of Aurilia?
My biggest problem with Womack is the same thing I said about Deion Sanders…yes, he’s fast, but you cannot steal first base.