–The Reds will be looking for a big right-handed bat in the off-season, evidently. Matt Holliday and Magglio Ordonez are names mentioned that might be available in trade, but I can’t see either of those happening. The only free agent that fits that bill is Pat Burrell, but he’s just like Adam Dunn. If he came here, the WLW mouth-breathers would run him out of town in short order.

On Edwin Encarnacion. Dusty Baker’s comments seem generally supportive of EE (who is now my favorite Red, for what it’s worth). You must remember that Edwin is still only 25 years old.

This quote was interesting, though:

There have been suggestions that Encarnacion could be switched to first base, which would move Joey Votto to left field.

“I think Edwin would be a good first baseman,” Baker said. “It’s just that Joey Votto is good, approaching excellent if he continues to improve the way he’s improving. A lot of times, instead of moving two people out of position, I think it’s better to just move one. We’ll have to see who’s available, who we want to get and this and that.”

This is the very definition of schadenfraude. Of course, I lived in DC for three years (while in law school), and I still have a soft spot for the Nats. I just don’t feel sorry for any organization that hires Jim Bowden to lead them. They deserve whatever they get.

Offseason Outlook for the Reds, from mlbtraderumors.com (tip of the cap to Redlegs Rundown).

–Ryan Hanigan in line to start for the Reds in 2009.

–Edinson Volquez was scheduled to start in the final game of the season, but now he isn’t going to make that start. I’m happy with that. No reason to overwork him; let Adam Pettyjohn make that start.

Also, for what it’s worth, Pettyjohn’s start on Sunday, in the last game of 2008, will be the first start by a lefty for the Reds all year.