Originally Posted by M2
RZR and Win Shares would disagree with you vociferously. Where'd Dewan have him last year?
BP's FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average) currently have him at -7 as a center fielder this season. His PECOTA weighted mean was a -3 for 2007. His FRAA was last season.
This has been an excellent read M2. Thanks for starting the thread. Someday when I'm not working 14 hour days, I'll spend some time explaining why I'd be just as happy if the Reds stuck with what they have rather than test the FA market names you listed in your first post. But most of the reasons have already been listed, health risks, cost, and duration of contracts needed to land them. You mentioned these as well I believe. I would add that the defensive reputation of the players, excluding Rowand, might not be an actual representation of their abilities any longer. Certainly not before the end of the contracts required to land them in Cincy.
Anyway, as long as we're wishcasting for center fielders, here are three players just entering their age prime years that I wouldn't mind the Reds taking a look at. Have fun.
Nate McLouth, Cory (I still hate that song) Hart, and Chris B. Young. And one more. He didn't profile as a CF, but whatever happened to Elijah Dukes?
I have a question M2. You said the Reds didn't have a "true centerfielder". What is your definition of that term? Just curious, because I know what mine is and I question if the Reds really need that type of CF. I believe it was RedsManRick who might have touched on this thought earlier.
Ok, I just read my question to you and it sounded a bit snarky to me. It isn't meant to be. In fact, if anything I posted comes across that way, I appologize in advance. I'm just really tired right now. Again, great thread and a delightful read.