Rival executives continue to suggest the Reds blew it by signing center fielder Willy Taveras to a two-year, free-agent contract. The Reds instead could have alternated Chris Dickerson and Jerry Hairston in center and pursued a right-handed hitting left fielder such as Josh Willingham in a trade or Ty Wigginton as a free agent. Willingham would make sense in a platoon with Dickerson.
Rosenthal and these “rival executives” have an astute command of the obvious. Too bad Walt Jocketty doesn’t share that trait.
(Although I’m coming around to the idea that Taveras isn’t going to be a disaster this year — more on that later — signing him to a two year deal was just ludicrous.)