He can get back into a starting role in Cincinnati, which traded two prospects to New York for him last week. The Reds don't have a proven second baseman.
"I've got the mind-set of coming in and winning the job at second base," he said. "I feel I've got a lot left. I don't feel like I'm slowing down."
I just wish that just once these type of players (read: terrible) would simply say "I'm here to help as best I can". I can't get mad at him for being competitive and wanting to start, but come on. And yeah, I can get mad at DanO for not explaining to his newest acquisition that he'll be spending a lot of time on the bench. But then again he probably will be starting.
"You have to love the way that Ryan Freel plays the game, but he does enhance his risk of injury as a result," general manager Dan O'Brien said Thursday. "We all know that. So it certainly plays into the overall equation."
The Reds led the National League in homers, doubles and runs, but finished last in pitching. One of their offseason goals is to add more speed to the roster, giving the lineup a chance to squeeze out runs instead of relying on homers.
I root for a mind bogglingly stupid franchise.
I keep telling myself that this too will end and one day we'll again have a GM who doesn't have his head up his ass. It will happen. It might take a month, it might take a year, it might take (God forbid) ten years, but the day will come. It came for the Bengals and it'll come for the Reds. For now we just have to keep digging at the question of how low our Reds can sink.