The Reds have had an impressive late kick. From Baseball Prospectus:

The Late Show: Winners of eight out of 10 and 21 out of 31, the Reds continue their attempt to salvage some dignity. Leading the way is Joey Votto, who collects 18 hits and scores 12 runs over that 10-game span while hitting .500/.571/.833. His .321 EqA not only ranks eighth in the league, it’s the highest among any Red with 400 plate appearances since Barry Larkin in 1996. Also making a solid September push is Homer Bailey, who’s put up a 1.79 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings

They’ve had help. Drew Stubbs has a .781 OPS since his recalling, replacing Willy Taveras and his .561 OPS…which is a 44% improvement offensively in centerfield, plus the improved defense.

Paul Janish has played an outstanding shortstop defensively since being given an opportunity to play. His OPS is now .624 as compared to Alex Gonzalez’s .554, which is nearly a 13% improvement at the plate. Janish’s range factor per innings is 4.95; Gonzalez’s reached 3.98 balls per 9 innings, a 25% increase for Janish over Gonzalez. Janish’s fielding percentage is .990 as compared to the .977 Gonzalez posted for the Reds.

Offensively, Scott Rolen has been nearly the same as Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. Rolen’s Reds OPS is .717, while Encarnacion was .707 while with the Reds. Their range factors are nearly identical: Rolen’s is 2.45, Encarnacion’s was 2.39 with the Reds. However, Encarnacion made four errors in 45 games at third base, and Rolen has not made an error in 33 games with the Reds and Reds pitchers seem more comfortable with him there.

Bronson Arroyo has pitched very well; he sports a 2.34 ERA for the second half of the season after posting a 5.38 ERA the first half.

So, what’s your take? Who’s made the most difference? May be it’s just Dusty’s managing?

46 Responses

  1. earl

    You play the best players you got and guess what, you play better.

    I think the Reds are going to pay too much for Rolen, but you cannot argue it is nice not to have to close your eyes every time a ball is hit to third. Edwin could make some gold glove stops at times, but the throwing thing was really dicey.

    Janish had what like 78 at bats at the end of July? The dude played less than the looper in the Bad News Bears.

    The GM needs to bring in ZERO vets and not give Dusty his crutch. Other than Rolen, Arroyo, Harang and Arthur, the Reds club house needs to be like Logan’s Run and not have anyone else over 30. If they keep guys like McDonald or Taveras or Neifi Perez (or some other vet infielder) or catcher…Dusty will play them.

  2. Singer

    A full year of Votto next year will be nice. What would be even nicer is moving BP out of the cleanup spot so he can be the player he is supposed to be, not what he is now. I am liking Stubbs and what he does, but this is just a thought about CF…

    Tampa Bay is looking to sell low on Upton this offseason, wouldn’t he look nice patrolling CF in Great American for his resurgence?

  3. wanderinredsfan

    Rolen’s great at third, but I’m worried that he won’t play in enough games to warrant his contract, let alone the preposterous amount we lost in the trade to get him.

    What’s the over/under for how many games Rolen plays next season? 110? That’s only 2/3 of a season, yet if he manages to play 110 I’ll consider is a successful season for Rolen. This is not how a fan of a competitive team should feel about $11-million dollars a season, not even if you’re a fan of the Yankees.

  4. mike

    excellent summary

    this years Reds is about playing the right players and building the best lineups
    something the Reds have been absolutely against doing

  5. mike

    oh and my 2nd half MVP is between Votto and Arroyo

    Votto has played 66 games. more than any other Red.
    And has the highest OPS of other than Francisco, Bruce and EE in the 2nd half

    .283/.386/.513 in 283 plate appearances

  6. preach

    earl: You play the best players you got and guess what, you play better.I think the Reds are going to pay too much for Rolen, but you cannot argue it is nice not to have to close your eyes every time a ball is hit to third. Edwin could make some gold glove stops at times, but the throwing thing was really dicey.Janish had what like 78 at bats at the end of July? The dude played less than the looper in the Bad News Bears.The GM needs to bring in ZERO vets and not give Dusty his crutch. Other than Rolen, Arroyo, Harang and Arthur, the Reds club house needs to be like Logan’s Run and not have anyone else over 30. If they keep guys like McDonald or Taveras or Neifi Perez (or some other vet infielder) or catcher…Dusty will play them.

    Logan’s Run reference. Nice.

    Maybe Dusty is using a different set of dice to set the lineups. I still say get a solid bat for LF, use Gomes and Nix as our extra outfielders (with Bruce and Stubbs)and we can compete in the Central, especially if we have a couple youngsters suprise in Goodyear next season and go North, ah, East with the club.

  7. earl

    Dusty blew hundreds of at bats at the top of the lineup with Taveras and Gonzales, leaving absolutely no one on base in front of the heart of the lineup or completely killing rallies that were started by the bottom of the lineup (who often were hitting) as they couldn’t drive in a run. Taveras pretty much didn’t get a hit for a month and batted lead off the whole time along with Gonzales pretty much batting second hitting .200 and striking out like Rob Deer.

    I bet if Lou Pinella or Tony LaRussa was the manager of this years Reds club, we are a game or two over .500, as those guy play people to get the job done in the game. I don’t think we would be in playoff contention, but they also would probably been able to jockey the lineup and bullpen to get a half dozen or more games. The Reds were about a hit away from winning bunches of games, especially early on.

    Yeah the injuries piled up, but they did too in Chicago along with all sorts of other stuff, they didn’t completely crash like the Reds did in the middle of the year.

    Criminy, how many games did the Reds lose by not pitching around the big clean up hitters this year? It was like the NL Home Run derby club all got us for a grand slam. The absolute worse two being that one Weathers gave up to Pujols and that one pitch wonder that Masset gave up to Manny on Manny being Manny bobble head night (what a perfect night for LA baseball fans). Adrian Gonzales and both of the Brewers HR guys also got us in similar situations. Criminy we might have been better off just to have hit each and every one–especially Manny. Rob Dibble or Randy Myers would have tried to take his head off in that situation. I guarantee those two guys wouldn’t have given him a whiffle ball pitch to hit like that one, at least not on the first one. :mrgreen:

    That Manny grand slam was like the death of hope for the 2009 Reds. They slid for another month, but that was the absolute nail in the coffin for us having any playoff hopes.

  8. pinson343

    Agree with everything Earl says above. We all agree about how our offense was crippled by so many games of Taveras leading off, often with Gonzo batting 2nd.

    I liked EE and still do, and am happy he’s been hitting some long balls lately for Toronto. But the upgrade to Rolen should not be underrated as far as the Reds’ surge goes. He’s more steady and consistent both at the plate and at 3rd base. The Reds pitchers like having him there, Bronson Arroyo was a big fan of the trade from Day 1.

    Where I finally lost patience with EE was his bad throws to second base.
    I was among those who argued that he was a better defender than given credit for, he’d make some fabulous stops, and I could tolerate his air mailing a throw to first now and then. But when you’re making bad throws to 2nd on routine plays, you’re turning double plays into the equivalent of hits, which is devastating to a team and the pitcher.

    As for the impact on offense, OPS does not always capture everyting. I believe Brandon Philipps when he says he’s seeing better pitches with Rolen hitting behind him.

  9. pinson343

    I love the way Bruce is hitting now. I’ve dumped on Dusty a lot this year, so now I have to be fair and say that his bringing Jay back gradually is now paying dividends. Remember that Bruce’s rehab was cut short by the end of the Bats season, he was not able to get his swing all the way back. And we don’t know how his wrist was feeling. Playing every day upon his return to the club could have been too much for him, and hurt his confidence. He seems plenty confident now. I still believe he’s going to be an all star OFer.

  10. pinson343

    So many guys are hitting right now, it creates a problem we haven’t had all season: Which hot hitter or good player gets benched today ?

    I like Stubbs, Janish, and now Bruce playing almost every day. I’d give Gomes and Rolen days off, we already know what they can do. I’d like to see more of what Belentien, Sutton, and Francisco can do. I also like it that Nix has been given a chance to regain form, the guy has some pop. I don’t know what to say about cacther at this point. Is Corky Miller really brilliant at calling a game, or is that fiction ?

    In the game hilites, Francisco looks like a stud at the plate. How has his play at third base been ?

  11. Steve Price

    Brandon’s comments about seeing better pitches isn’t necessarily showing up in his results.

    His second worst month of the year was August, the month after we received Rolen. August OPS was .682 with a .297 OBP and a .385 SLP.

    His worst month of the year was April with a .612 OPS, a .293 OBP with a .319 SLP.

    His second best month has been September with an .862 OPS, a .384 OBP and a .478 SLP.

    His best month was May with an OPS of 1.079.

    My guess is he’s seeing the ball better now and it’s got nothing to do with Rolen. He’s just really inconsistent.

    Rolen’s OPS in August was .757 and is .686 for September. He was hot while Phillips was cold, and has been cold while Phillips was hot.

    For the record…Rolen’s two months with the Reds thus far are the second worst line on his “baseball card” (.717 OPS) behind his 2005 injury season with the Cardinals (.706 OPS).

  12. Steve Price

    Let’s just say whenever Francisco plays third base, the announcers say his future is somewhere else. A couple of nights ago we were reminded that infielders have to get their glove down to catch ground balls after he took two steps to his left and his glove was still at this knees on a routine grounder. He does seem to have a good arm.

    As for batting…he’s now 6-13 plus one walk. He’s struck out five times. So, to this point, it’s either a hit or a strikeout in every plate appearance. He’s 6-8 on balls in play. 2-8 would be closer to average.

  13. pinson343

    Juan F. definitely a work in progress then. I like his swing.

  14. Steve Price

    Francisco has ability. He’s young and raw.

  15. pinson343

    It’s interesting to compare the offensive stats of Rolen and EE since the trade. Small sample size I know but the comparison is pretty much what you’d expect. Rolen walks more and strikes out less, hits for more average. But EE hits for more power, his 6 HRs to Rolen’s 2 gives him a slugging PCT. edge. Rolen’s at .267/.350/.367. EE’s at .235/.296/.412. Rolen’s Slug Pct. of .367 is anemic, but so is EE’s OBP of .296.

    Overall, if you’re going to argue that – up to this point – Rolen has been an upgrade over EE, you mainly have to argue defense.

    But the original question was – why are the Reds better now than they were earlier in the season ? And a big thing there is that while EE was out hurt, Rosales just sucked.
    In contrast, now when Rolen takes a day off, Juan F. plays.

  16. per14

    I’ve been loving Stubbs but isn’t this power (8 HRs in 35 games) an aberration? I don’t think we can expect it next year. His minor league power numbers are really not all that good. I worry that if his power returns to normal, then that OPS will plummet because I think he’s still a few years away from a good OBP.

  17. RedinFla

    I still think a shake-up in the coaching / management areas might be the most important move for the Reds to make. They just don’t seem to be getting the best out of their players in issues like plate discipline, baserunning, on-field attitude, even responses to injuries and illness, etc..
    These are values that can be coached into players, especially young ones. Every team has skilled players — some teams just seem to be able to take it to the next level, even without a huge payroll.

    It’s the team’s potential that gives us hope each winter and spring… then the 162-game reality begins, and that potential (which is held by individual players) just doesn’t develop into a winning team.

  18. John

    Juan Francisco = Wily Mo Pena. Get what you can for him before fans Ooh and Aah over his power and forget that he has hands of stone and whiffs half the time.

  19. doktor

    To answer the question “Whats made the difference?”

    It has been getting Taveras and Gonzo out of the lineup via injury/trade. Forcing Baker to go with other options. And the concern about Reds able to play Janish because his lack of hitting, heck the Reds had worse this year with Gonzo in the lineup. I would be ok with Janish as the primary SS, expecting some lineup maneuvering for offense/defense and just as long as Dusty does not bat him 2nd. Wait, i forgot this is Dusty we are talking about. 😥

    BTW, I looked it up and Gonzo batted 2nd in the lineup for 17 games per baseball-reference.com. Sure seemed like it was more as it was painful. He went .217/.279/.250 (yes, 250 slg%, bleh) in 71 plate apps. Janish in 32 games batting 2nd in the order has gone .252/.333/.409 in 131 plate apps. So not a complete disaster like gonzo and WT have been.

  20. broadwaydave

    John: Juan Francisco = Wily Mo Pena. Get what you can for him before fans Ooh and Aah over his power and forget that he has hands of stone and whiffs half the time.

    i don’t necessarily agree with the francisco/wily mo comparisons. i think the kid should get a chance to play before we get down on him. rick sweet thinks he has some natural ability as an outfielder, e.g. good routes to the ball and other innate skills. i believe that dusty will give him every shot to be the leftfielder next year. i think that would be the correct thing to do. there’s no question about juan’s power. that home run he hit the other week was an absolute moon rocket.

  21. Steve Price

    When did Rick Sweet make the outfield comment? I think Sweet’s great, but he only played Francisco two games in the outfield and Francisco only caught three balls out there. Sweet played him 21 games at third base and he made four errors. And, the Bats, as all read, played a myriad of infielders in the outfield at the end of the season.

    Francisco has played five games in the outfield in the minors out of 397 games…what makes anyone think he has outfield skills? Again,, that’s 5 of 397. He will need to learn…it can’t be that hard, after all Drew Sutton learned outfield in the majors this year…I think Francisco has a better arm than Sutton, by the way.

  22. doktor

    @Steve – it was a quote in the cincy paper in a story about reds prospects, Fransisco, Frazier, Valaika.
    http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20090926/SPT04/309260042/

    *************************
    Francisco: Fans are getting a look at Francisco. He’s looked good so far. He went into Saturday night hitting .462 with a home run and four RBI in 13 at-bats. Francisco combined to hit .295 with 27 homers and 93 RBI at Double-A and Triple-A this year.

    But Francisco plays third base. The Reds have Scott Rolen there. Francisco did play some left field for Sweet.

    “He was all right,” Sweet said. “To be quite honest, I was surprised. I didn’t know it but we had worked him out there before. So he had some experience. He made all the plays. In fact, he made a couple of plays where he had to run a long way. His routes were good to the ball, which is an instinctual thing.”

    Francisco will go to the Instructional League to work on his outfield skills.
    *********************

  23. broadwaydave

    @Steve Price: big juan has a great arm. i think most of his defensive problems at 3rd base have been of the catching the ball off the ground variety, like his error the other night. i think he might surprise with his defense given a chance in left field.

  24. RedinFla

    @Steve Price:
    About Francisco and Rick Sweet — remember, these guys do baseball full time, not just for a two- or three-hour game.

    Instructional time doesn’t show up in the stats, and I bet there’s more to a lot of these guys than meets the eye…. like Drew Stubbs hitting big homers. 8)

  25. JerBear

    Seemed like Sweet wasn’t super high on Todd Frazier which surprised me. It kinda sounded like they don’t know where to put him defensively. I’m kinda guessing, but I’m wondering if he doesn’t have the speed and agility to play the outfield to well, and is a little to big for some of the infield spots. It sounds like they think he can hit eventually.

    I have no problem with Janish at SS. But they gotta have offense somewhere. For that reason, I’d favor Dickerson in CF. If he could bring that .370 OBP over a whole season, I think that’d be pretty solid. Maybe Stubbs could start againt the right-handers, but at the same time, Dickerson might deserve a chance to be the regular starter even against lefties. I don’t think Dickerson’s value is nearly as valuable in LF.

    They need someone who can either hit for average or power. I’m kinda opposed to signing Johnny Gomes, just because I’d like to see them commit to the youth if that’s what they’re really going to do. But I wouldn’t be totally opposed to Gomes in Left. Maybe he’s the best option for bring power.

    Francisco has become a lot more intriguing in the last couple of months. He was hitting for power and striking out a ton earlier in the year, but with a lower average. I thought his numbers wouldn’t convert to being a good major leaguer.

    But maybe he is actually breaking out now. I think a lot of times minor leaguers flip the switch it seems. They figure things out. He’s still striking out a bunch, but if he were to hit 35 HRs with 100 RBIs and 200 strikeouts that would be good enough for left field I would think.

    I think the safe thing would be to start Francisco at Triple A next year. But I really don’t know. They have enough talent where they could probably trade for an established LF. Getting Upton would be perfect, but it won’t happen, may not be smart in the long run.

    I just think they gotta do something different with the #1 and #2 holes in the lineup. I think maybe Dickerson and Phillips would be their best option in the 1 and 2 holes. Janish needs to be hitting 7th or 8th in the lineup. Stubbs, probably 6th or 7th if he’s playing.

  26. CarolinaReds

    I go to turn the Reds game on FSN South and they have a hot dog eating contest on instead…goes to show how unimportant the Reds games are. 😛

  27. John

    I don’t want to get down on Francisco either, but I’m having some Wily Mo deja vu. Great power, suspect glove. “Oh, he can learn to play defense.” We’ve been down this road before, haven’t we? The only difference is that Francisco came up as a 3B and they have designs on moving him to the OF. Wily Mo was an OF the whole time and never put it together. If the kid can put it together, then I don’t mind being wrong.

    Side note: Just checked BR. Is Wily Mo out of baseball now?

    Wily Mo for Bronson might’ve been Krivsky’s best trade.

  28. Dan

    @John: Bronson, Phillips, and Hamilton were all brilliant moves by Krivsky. Best trades of the decade (along with the Harang deal).

    I think we’d likely be better off if Krivsky were still GM (and if Castellini just left him alone).

  29. mike

    per14: I’ve been loving Stubbs but isn’t this power (8 HRs in 35 games) an aberration?

    this I think is a great question

    two things to help us decide if it’s an aberration (maybe 3 things)

    1. I read a study a year ago that said that power is power and is immune to small sample size. The study summarized and said that if you see power in a player after 50 PA then that player has power.

    1a. (my maybe 3 statement) Stubbs had power but he was striking out in the minors at a high rate so he changed his swing/approach and for the last 1.5 years people have been asking “where did his power go”.

    2. I posted this a few weeks ago in the game thread and I’m still sticking by the theory. Stubbs has hit 7 of his 8 HR in the GABP. His SLG at home is .672 and on the road it’s .289 (?!?!?). The Reds AAA club plays in a slight pitchers park and the GABP is a big time HR park. Is it that Stubbs has just enough power to put the GABP to use and that’s why we haven’t seen any power from him at AAA or on the road in the bigs?

    Either way I’ll take his 96 OPS+ while playing solid defense in CF any day.
    now he just needs to figure out how to steal bases in the bigs (4 CS already)

    I hope to never see Taveras in a Reds uniform again. And said I would not watch another Reds game this season if Dusty started Taveras. He started him and I will not watch a single inning of the Reds the rest of the season.

  30. wanderinredsfan

    @mike:
    “I posted this a few weeks ago in the game thread and I’m still sticking by the theory. Stubbs has hit 7 of his 8 HR in the GABP.”

    Again, you need to go back and look at the video of each of those homers. Most videos can be found for free on MLB.COM. All, with possibly the exception of one to LF, were absolute bombs that would be out in any park. Yellowstone couldn’t contain a couple of them!
    GABP is one of the best hitters parks, but let’s not over-state it’s signifigance. It’s not in the top-3 and not the reason for Stubbs’ power. The video doesn’t lie.

  31. Dan

    @mike: I normally would be skeptical too, given Stubbs’s minor league numbers, but I think in his case, the change in approach was the biggest thing for him.

    I read Doug Gray’s blog a lot too (redsminorleagues.com) and he frequently said that Stubbs actually has light-tower power when he lets it rip, but he was really focusing on cutting down his swing to cut down on K’s.

    He did have a lot of doubles in the minors, but not many HR’s.

    I’ll admit, he’s better than I thought he’d be! I’ve not seen much of him but from what I’ve seen, I’m impressed. I like him. (I like Dickerson too though… don’t want to forget about him.)

  32. Dan

    By the way, I have a feeling (based on no actual info, just a feeling) the Reds will trade Dickerson for very little this offseason. I think they’re going to decide that Stubbs is their man, every day, in CF, and that Dickerson is really just a 4th OF who doesn’t hit LHP’s very well, and they’d rather try to find a slugger for LF.

    I could see Oakland stepping up for Dickerson, realizing that the Reds undervalue him.

    If anyone gives him the chance to play every day, I think he could do quite well — maybe .270/.370/.420 type stuff — a very nice leadoff or #2 hitter.

    I’d love to see him stay here and get solid playing time… but I just have this feeling about a deal.

    (It’s beside the point, but he seems like a really good guy too. Seems smart and like he’s a good person. I like the fact that he spearheaded setting up that recycling program. Impressive that it would even occur to him, and impressive that he’d have the follow-through to make it happen.)

  33. pinson343

    I guess nobody feels that today’s game is worth commenting on, but there was a Dusty non-move that boggled me. Top of the 6th, down by 3-2, we’re rallying and have the tying run on 3rd with 2 outs. Cueto is due up and Dusty lets him hit. He strikes out and we lose 3-2.

    We have a surplus of relief pitchers and a surplus of pinch hitters, yet Dusty opts to save the bullpen, and the pinch hitters, for later ?! What is say Micah Owings doing on the roster ? And why leave Cueto, who’s had arm fatigue and the shoulder problem, in for 111 pitches ? Well great job Dusty the bullpen only pitched 3 pitches, so they’re all rested for tomorrow’s day off.

    A fitting way I suppose for the Reds to clinch yet another losing season.

  34. RedinFla

    @pinson343:
    I was out of town and missed the game, but when I checked Gameday later I wondered the same things: Why no re-caps lately, or game thread? Why 111 pitches for Cueto? Why not pinch-hit in a winnable game? Why not use Owings, who could’ve pinch-hit and stayed in to pitch the 7th?
    One can go crazy asking “Why?” 😐

  35. Dan

    @pinson343: Wow, I didn’t realize that, pinson. I agree that that’s dumb all around — particularly (as you point out) in September when we have like 12 guys sitting around in the bullpen.

  36. per14

    Thanks for the responses on Stubbs. I hope he maintains the power; if he does, he’ll be a helluva player.

  37. Dan

    @per14: Stubbs is more of a HR hitter than I thought he’d be, but, if I were to nitpick, less of a leadoff hitter than I thought he’d be so far. His BB rate is way down from his minor league numbers, so his OBP (while not nearly at Taveras levels) is low for a leadoff guy.

    If what we’re seeing is what he really is going to be, he strikes me as more of a #6 hitter type — sort of Brandon Phillips-like, actually.

  38. GRF

    Great point Pinson. Unfortunately, it is that kind of thing that puts a damper on enthusiasm for next season.

    And while the injuries certainly were a factor, one frustrating thing about this run is that just getting league average type production out of CF and SS does seem to have made a big difference. If only we could have gotten that starting in June…

  39. GRF

    Dan: @per14: Stubbs is more of a HR hitter than I thought he’d be, but, if I were to nitpick, less of a leadoff hitter than I thought he’d be so far. His BB rate is way down from his minor league numbers, so his OBP (while not nearly at Taveras levels) is low for a leadoff guy.If what we’re seeing is what he really is going to be, he strikes me as more of a #6 hitter type — sort of Brandon Phillips-like, actually.

    Dan, he is a CF. By law he is required to bat leadoff.

  40. Dan

    @GRF: We could’ve gotten league-average production in CF starting on day 1 — his name is Chris Dickerson.

  41. Sultan of Swaff

    Huge props to Arroyo for his second half surge. Maybe he should play winter ball to keep that arm tired—it seems to help him.
    Stubbs is not a leadoff guy. He’s cut from the Mike Cameron mold, more of a 7 hitter. Problem is, you don’t have a leadoff guy then because Janish isn’t one either.
    Trades for speedy, high OBP shortstops are as rare as #1 pitchers. To that end, I would move Phillips to SS and install Frazier at 2B. Rick Sweet said he’s a bit rough there, but that he is NOT a utility guy, that he will be a ML starter. This would be my lineup Opening Day next season:

    Frazier 2b
    Rolen 3b great hit and run guy
    Votto
    Gomes
    Bruce
    Phillips SS
    Stubbs
    Hanigan

    I think Frazier will ultimately be our third baseman, but it’s the best option on a limited budget.

  42. Bill Lack

    I agree that if you base your opinion strictly on Stubb’s major league numbers, he doesn’t look like a leadoff hitter, but his minor league OBP is .364, I’ll take that and his speed at the top of the order. I’d say it’s too soon to tell where his major league OBP will be.

  43. GRF

    Dan: @GRF: We could’ve gotten league-average production in CF starting on day 1 — his name is Chris Dickerson.

    That is what is so frustrating about it…

  44. GreatRedLegsFan

    I foresee a big battle for the 5 outfield spots, so far there are 8 candidates: Gomes, Stubbs, Bruce, McDonald, Taveras, Dickerson, Nix and Balentien. From all, I think the only granted would be Gomes at LF, if tendered. The rest are up to their performances in ST, but I’d take out of the mix Taveras (trade or DFA), McDonald (DFA) and Balentien (AAA) right away. Stubbs and Dickerson will battle for CF and Bruce will have to raise significantly his OBP in order to be the regular RF. Nix will be the last one, it’ll be up to Bruce and Dickerson’s future.