Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Reds Head to Florida

I am switching gears from spiritual things to religious things and one of the religions in America is baseball. My pastor friends in the UK probably have a favorite football (soccer for us Yanks) team, so they will understand. In fact, if Colin or Adrian read this, I am a Pompey fan and am excited about the FA Cup game against Preston this week...but I digress.

The Reds start spring training this Saturday and here is a look at how the starters and 25 man roster might look on opening day in 6 weeks. There are 27 men listed, so that means a couple of guys will start in Triple A. It also means if Lofton is signed, Keppinger, Freel or Hopper will probably go elsewhere. Volquez or Valenzuela may start out in Louisville as well.

SS - Alex Gonzalez
3B - Edwin Encarnacion
RF - Ken Griffey Jr
2B - Brandon Philips
LF - Adam Dunn
1B - Joey Votto
CF - Jay Bruce
C - David Ross/Javier Valentin

Starting Pitchers:
Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Matt Belisle
Homer Bailey
Jeremy Affeldt

SS - Juan Castro
1B - Scott Hatteberg
IF - Jeff Keppinger
OF/IF - Ryan Freel
OF - Norris Hopper
OF - Kenny Lofton (Not signed yet, but a big rumor)

Relief Pitchers:
David Weathers
Francisco Cordero
Edinson Volquez
Bill Bray
Jared Burton
Sergio Valenzuela
Todd Coffey

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