Remember Ryan Freel? He’s wondering where he fits into the Reds’ equation this year (tip of the cap to preach).

The answer is probably that he’ll be on the outside looking in, but I wouldn’t mind having Freel around. The guy can play several positions adequately enough that he’ll get 400 ABs if he can stay healthy, even if he isn’t an everyday starter. A guy like that is too valuable just to throw away.

Another benefit to having Freel on the roster is that he might be the starter in CF rather than Corey Patterson when Jay Bruce is sent to AAA and Junior Griffey gets hurt. For all his faults, Freel is twice the player that Patterson is.