Lot of discussion lately about the Reds’ hole at first base, and what can be done about it. I thought the Reds should have picked up Hee Seop Choi, and some others think that Carlos Pena is a good option (he was released by the Tigers today).

Still others think Ryan Shealy is a good option that is available. Well, who is Ryan Shealy? And why is he available?

Here’s what Baseball Prospectus has to say about Shealy (by the way, go buy the 2006 BP today! It’s fantastic):

Shealy hasn’t looked back after his senior season at Florida State, and he’s done everything a power-hitting prospect should do. Unfortunately, he’s a first baseman blocked by some guy named Helton. The Rockies are attempting to teach him to play the outfield. He’s reportedly losing weight and taking well to his new position, so he should be in the mix to platoon with Brad Hawpe this year. There isn’t a worse park than Coors in which to convert a slow first baseman into an outfielder.

The outfield conversion didn’t go well, and has been abandoned. But BP’s PECOTA projection system has Shealy putting up a 876 OPS this year. At age 26. Nice.

Now, I don’t know what the Reds could offer for him, but evidently, the Rockies are shopping Shealy. Cincinnati has been mentioned as a potential destination (here also — Boston is mentioned, as well, but since they signed Choi, I doubt they are in the market), which is encouraging.

This guy would fit in well with the Reds. Go get him, Krivsky!

5 Responses

  1. Ken

    If they shop Helton, they’ll have to eat a lot of his contract. He is due to get $16.6 each year until 2010, then $19.10 in 2011, then a $4.6 buyout for 2012. Ouch.

  2. Blue

    The intruging thing about Carlos Pena is his stats against right-handers: .254 AVG, .355 OBP, .493 SLG . Of course, he strikes out a lot, about once every four at-bats, and as senseless as I think it is, I think Krivsky wants guys that strikeout less. Its probably the reason that we didn’t get Choi. He would be very productive in a platoon with Aurilia.

  3. Chad

    The Rockies also have a public perception problem in dealing Helton. He’s the star in that town.

    I’d be happy to take Shealy off their hands, though. If the Reds can secure his services, I’ll be singing Krivsky’s praises from the rooftops.

  4. al

    pena obviously has a lot of room to improve offensively, but 18 HRs in 250 ABs might be worth the risk.

    I’d rather not pay him 2 mil though (which is why choi was the better option off waivers at 750k). I think i’d only go for Pena if he clears waivers and becomes a free agent. Then you could try to get him for 500k plus incentives.

    As for shealy, i’d love to have him, but i can’t imagine landing him without giving up somethone the reds aren’t willing to part with. The closest i can come in my imagination is ryan wagner and someone else, maybe germano. but if i’m the rockies i don’t know if that’s all that attractive.