Monday, March 20, 2006

Wily Mo Pena Trade Suits Reds Teammates

The trade of Reds outfielder Wily Mo Pena to Boston for SP Bronson Arroyo and cash pleased no one more than 1B Adam Dunn, who stands to pick up many of Pena's outfield appearances. Dunn prefers the outfield over 1B. Likewise, reserve 1B/C Scott Hatteberg will gain 1B starts on days when Dunn moves to the outfield, and IF/OF Ryan Freel will pick up outfield starts when Dunn stays at first. IF Rich Aurilia and IF Tony Womack also stand to gain infield starts when Freel plays the outfield. The unfortunate likeliness of injury to CF Ken Griffey Jr. would turn Hatteburg into a virtual full-time player at first should Griffey serve time on the DL. Meanwhile in Boston it would appear that Pena, who hammers lefty pitching, would move into a platoon with lefthanded RF Trot Nixon, and would play every day with the likeliness of the oft-injured Nixon serving time on the DL.