Votto in left field? That doesn't sound too crazy does it, considering he did play some left field in the minors.
The Reds this season and before the season started, said they needed a power bat or a really good bat in left field. As of now the Reds' left fielders this season are batting .211 (37 for 175) and only fifteen RBI's. Joey Votto is batting .371 (33 for 116) and has thirty one RBI's.
So who is going to play first while Votto is in left? My guess is Ramon Hernandez. Hernandez is batting .291 this season with sixteen RBI's and it just seems like he has been on a roll lately, plus he hardly strikes out. Note he also has the second best average on the team with a minimum of 100 ABs.
So who is going to play catcher? Ryan Hanigan. He is batting a respectable .309 even though he only has had fifty five ABs. I have been nothing but impressed with Hanigan this season. If it was up to me he would have been starting at the beginning of the season. Not that I don't like what Ramon is doing, but Hanigan gets my vote.
Another attractive option to put at first base if you want to keep Hernandez catching, is Adam Rosales. Sure he has cooled down since being called up only batting about a .261 now. However it is undeniable that he sure brings a different kind of spark to the team. He hustles like Pete Rose and the fans love him.
So do the Reds need to pick up a big right-handed bat in left field still you think? Maybe so. It could be what puts them on that next level, but i wouldn't go spending crazy amounts of money on a high priced rent-a-player for the year.