The Reds non-tendered Norris Hopper, Matt Belisle, and Gary Majewski. Good riddance on Majewski.

I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but I would have kept Belisle around to compete with Nick Masset for long man in the bullpen. He may have bounced back in the bullpen after having his knee fixed.

John Fay reports that Hopper was promptly resigned to a major league contract and is back on the 40 man roster. Odd, but we need the OF bodies and he makes for a good spare OF.

The mlb.com site lists the non tendered players from other teams. The following are the ones that may interest the Reds to help add some depth to thier weak OF situation.

Name                AB  AVG  OBP  SLG OPS 
Taveras Majors    1973 .283 .331 .337 668 
Taveras Minors    1718 .288 .370 .361 731 

Gathright Majors  1145 .263 .328 .304 632 
Gathright Minors  1508 .315 .398 .365 763 

Gomes Majors      1264 .235 .329 .455 784 
Gomes Minors      1815 .272 .398 .529 927 

Wigginton Majors  2715 .270 .330 .460 790 
Wigginton Minors  2166 .280 .348 .460 808

We’ve unfortunately heard that they have interest in Willy Taveras, but if they have to sign a fast guy to play center and leadoff, I’d prefer thay take a flyer on Joey Gathright instead who would be cheaper and likely will produce as well as Taveras. Jonny Gomes is interesting, a RH hitter with pop, who hit lefties at a .895 OPS pace over the last three years. Anyone know if he is a capable defensive OF?

Ty Wigginton is another RH hitter with some pop who would be a great 3B stopgap if they’ve got any notions of dealing Edwin Encarnacion for OF help.

11 Responses

  1. David

    Love the idea of bringing in Wigginton to play third base. It would allow the Reds to either move Encarnacion for an OF or move Encarnacion to OF.

  2. RedBlooded

    What about Reggie Abercrombie? He seems to have a little pop and steals a few bases. And God knows the Reds need some outfielders. Does anybody know anything good or bad about him?

  3. Brian

    If they resign Hairston I don’t see them signing someone like wigginton inless EE is moving positions or moving teams, especially is Gonzalez proves healthy because that leaves Keppinger and Hairston as the super-utility players (given with less pop).

    I hope the reds don’t sign another speedy outfielder with no offense we already have Hopper, Dickerson who are speedy and Hairston if he is resigned (not saying those guys can’t hit). Plus Dickerson could surprise everyone and continue the tear he ended on last year before he got hurt.

  4. pinson343

    I like Wiggington, definitely some pop, a good RBI guy. If EE stays at 3rd, play him in LF, or vice versa.
    Re-sign Hairston as a utility player. Don’t sign some speedy guy who will be a terrible leadoff hitter that Dusty will play every day.

  5. Phill

    I don’t really like Gomes. Without knowing much about his defense I do know he’s gotten most of his play from DH. Although it could easily be argued that’s due to Carl Crawford being in left and Baldelli/whoever else plays right. I do like his attitude and character but that’s about it. Maybe a shot at league minimum but not much more would I pay.

  6. Matt B.

    In 2004, BP said Gomes’ defense was “rapid, but unpredictable”; I’m not really sure what the “rapid” means, though.

  7. Phill

    That is certainly one of the more vague descriptions I’ve seen haha.

  8. Dan

    (Recopying my post from another blog… forgive me… but wanted to get people’s thoughts over here too.)

    Here’s what I’d like to see:

    –Sign Hairston or Hopper and platoon him with Dickerson in CF. (Doing this should get Dickerson 500 AB’s or so and the other guy more like 250 AB’s, which sounds about right to me.)

    –Sign Jonny Gomes for LF. That guy is going to hit for someone, and using range factor and fielding % he looks like an OK defensive LF. (Anybody got more advanced measures on Gomes?) Gomes just turned 28 and his career minor league numbers are .272/.398/.529.

    –Sign Wigginton for 3B.

    –Trade Edwin to SF for Jonathan Sanchez, and watch Sanchez turn into an Oliver Perez or Al Leiter type. (I do NOT buy that we have enough pitching depth. IMO, there is no such thing. Pitching is the most valuable commodity in baseball – stock up. Injuries will happen. We will need all these guys.)

  9. KY Chip

    Saw this a little while ago from the Hot Stove Blog on MLB.com:

    “Taveras, Wigginton, Miles interest Reds”

    “After the non-tender list was revealed late Friday night, there were some names that the Reds could pursue. Among those that pique Cincinnati’s interest were outfielder Willy Taveras, utility player Ty Wigginton and infielder Aaron Miles.

    “Miles, if we don’t sign [Jerry] Hairston,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said during a break from Redsfest on Saturday afternoon. “Wigginton if we don’t find the outfielder we want. Taveras could be the center fielder -type guy.”

    — Mark Sheldon

    Should the Reds sign Taveras, we’ll have another weak-hitting, lead-off CF… and we all know how well that worked out last year. Wigginton interests me at 3B, but I’m not sure that E5 in LF would be much of a defensive improvement over Dunn. As Walt said, Miles only fits if JH, Jr. doesn’t re-sign with the club.

  10. preach

    I agree with Sheldon. Forget Tavares as anything other than a backup. And with Dusty’s propensity to play vets with speed, especially at the top of the lineup, this would be CP2 in the making. In fact, if Willy does come to the Reds, that will be what I shall refer to him as: CP2. Since E5 (that is kinda funny)’s issue is where he throws the ball, the outfield may not be a great spot for him, but I disagree with his assessment that it wouldn’t be a marked improvement over Dunn. I like Wiggenton, and actually he plays a pretty decent outfield. I’m really suprised more teams aren’t pursuing him.

  11. Shawn

    Gomes is a terrible defensive outfielder. If he was any good, Tampa Bay would have been running him out there all the time. He’s an adventure.