I have two words for you on that:
We can assume this proclamation has a number of teeth to it seeing as how Sheldon is on the Reds beat for MLB.com and not prone to making a lot of premature hot stove speculation, whether up or down. And it was a pretty ridiculous notion to begin with. That Carl Crawford, arguably the top OF prize in the 2011 free agent class, is not coming to the Reds is not at all out of left field. It's out of whatever field contains obvious information that people often willfully ignore. Wrigley Field? So when The Decision II: The Crawfording airs on ESPN IV, don't get act like a jilted Cavs fan all over Twitter. It's unseemly.
Chances are, if the Reds can't make a play for Crawford, they won't be competitive in the market for Jayson Werth either. Werth has been about as valuable as Crawford over the last three seasons and is likely looking for his first eight-digit-a-year pay day. After Werth and Crawford, there's a pretty staggering drop-off in talent in the free agent class. So much so that it makes sense to start looking at trades, el cheapo/minor league signings for depth, in-house options and Weird Science-style human engineering. Sheldon brings up the intriguing possibility of trading for Brett Gardner, who, for those of you whose hatred for the Yankees has scabbed over into indifference, is a slick-fielding speedster entering the mythical age 27 season (not the Kurt Cobain / Jackie Jormp Jomp kind) who actually gets on base at a decent rate. But aside from swiping more bases, how much better would he be than Chris Heisey next year? This is a real question and I don't know the answer.
What would you do to address the left field situation?
Pick up Gomes' option and make him the starter (96 votes)
Platoon Gomes with someone else currently in the system (241 votes)
Pass on Gomes, go with some other internal solution - platoon or otherwise (161 votes)
Make a boutique trade for someone like Brett Gardner (173 votes)
Sign a second-tier free agent with some residual upside such as Pat Burrell, Magglio Ordonez or Brad Hawpe (122 votes)
Stick to the practice of picking through the bargain bin of free agents and non-tenders, combining with in-house talent to provide depth and increase the odds that a little cream will rise (88 votes)
881 total votes