On our latest podcast (go listen now!), Bill and I speculated that Chris Heisey could be the odd man out once the 25-man roster for Opening Day is set. Dusty Baker seems to indicate that Heisey has a better chance to make the roster than we thought:
Reds manager Dusty Baker made it sound as if Chris Heisey has the team basically made over Fred Lewis and/or Jeremy Hermida as an extra outfielder.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He was here before,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know what Heisey can do. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to use the past and the present to see what the other guys can do. Plus, Heisey can pinch-hit well and we need somebody right-handed, so we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have all left-handers like we had a few years ago. Heisey can run. You can put him late for defense. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good outfielder. Out of guys returning from last year, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the only guy who plays center field other than Stubbs.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Fred Lewis seems to be a good bet to make the team, so if Heisey makes it, there is no room for Jeremy Hermida as a lefty off the bench. I’m happy with that; the Nation has always been high on Heisey, and he brings a lot to the table.