this was posted in reds.com mail bag answers
What do you think the Reds' chances are for signing Andruw Jones? He would be a great fit. The outfield would be Adam Dunn, Jones, and Ken Griffey Jr.
-- Mark Y., Whitehall, Penn.
A great fit? How do you figure? Financially, it makes no sense. Dunn ($13 million) and Griffey ($12.5 million) already tie up over $25 million in salary for 2008. Assuming the Reds bump payroll up to $75 million, that's already one-third tied up in two outfielders. Jones made $14 million last season with the Braves and is sure to collect a hefty sum as a free agent. While he is one of the best center fielders in the game defensively, he had a horrible year at the plate. With Hamilton, Ryan Freel and Norris Hopper, Cincinnati is flush with center fielders. If the Reds were to make a big splash acquisition, it should at least fill a pressing need -- and right now that would be pitching.
How can someone ask that?