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.
“He was here before,” Baker said. “I know what Heisey can do. I’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 don’t have all left-handers like we had a few years ago. Heisey can run. You can put him late for defense. He’s a good outfielder. Out of guys returning from last year, he’s the only guy who plays center field other than Stubbs.”

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.