Jack Hannahan will be heading down I-71 behind Choo and Donald. The Reds signed the veteran infielder to a 1 yr/$2M contract. It sounds a little pricey to me, but then again it's not my money and it's only for one year. Looks like his bat is mediocre at best. He's hit around .250 the past couple of seasons and has homered only 28 times in 500 career games. He does have a reputation for flashing some good leather in the field where nearly all of his action has been at the hot corner. Personally I think my opinion of Frazier's glove is a little higher than others, but I'll admit that Hannahan could be a good late-inning replacement. He's played a little first base and hopefully we'll need only minimal replacement of Votto in 2013.
Walt has obliterated his offseason to-do list. We kept our LF/RH cleanup and a closer to release Chapman to the rotation. He finally brought in a cf/leadoff. Now he's added two infield veterans from the Indians for the bench, one for the middle and one for the corners. I can't imagine much effort to prevent Cairo and Valdez from walking. Gregorius is gone and Rodriguez probably needs some more time on the farm.
He did everything without sacrificing any pitching too.
I can't imagine anything else that we need right now. The bullpen will have a different look without Chapman. Also, last year's opening day roster had three southpaws in the pen and now it's looking like we'll have only one. We could use a lefty specialist, but then again, injury derailed Bray's season last year and that group turned in the lowest reliever ERA in baseball without one. Even if we had a LOOGy, it would be tough finding a place for him, especially if Masset is ready to come back.
I don't know about Paul as a LH outfield reserve. He did a tremendous job when he made it to the Reds in the second half of the season. However, that impressive batting average and OB% was put up over less than 100 plate appearances. Before that the Dodgers, Pirates, and Nationals all gave up on him since 2011. Last year he did scorch the ball in the International League all season long while playing for both Louisville and the Nats AAA affiliate, so perhaps that, along with his brief 2012 performance with the Reds is an indication that he'll be a reliable reserve over the course of a season. It's a safe bet he'll be an upgrade over Willie Harris. If not, well this team can still accomplish their goals even if they're weak at the fifth outfielder spot. Hannahan gives them another LH bat off the bench too.
Now really the main concerns are not as serious and will be answered by players that are already on the team:
-Can Broxton get the job done closing?
-How will Chapman adjust to the rotation?
-How will Choo adjust to center field?