Originally Posted by Jay Bruce
Torii Hunter would be an awful target for a highly lucrative, long term contract from the Reds. His value as a player comes from his ability to play a stellar CF, but he is already 32, will be 33 half way through next year, and is already declining as a fielder. As a hitter, he has never had an OBP above .337, and I doubt he will improve all that much, since he strikes out three times more than he walks. Basically, while he has good power, he is only worth 15 million a year if he is playing a fantastic CF, which he would be unlikelly to do throughout a long term contract, considering his age.
If the Reds were to shell out for an elite CF(which is arguable if they should, I wouldn't), the man to go after would be Andruw Jones. He is almost two years younger than Hunter, a superior hitter in both power and on-base ability, and likely to keep his defensive value for a longer period of time.
He has already declined more than hunter in the field.. and last year, a contract year no less he hit .222.. I would have loved to have Andruw about 5 years ago.. but after 2003 he changed his batting, and now just goes strictly for long ball, something dunn already does.... had we gotten the .280 hitting 35 home run, gg outfielder of pre2003 hells yeah, but now.. its a rehash of dunn, by the way.. how many division titles have we won since dunn has been here? ohh thats right 0, because we are compromising defense and pitching for a precieved lack of power, or need of power, in a hitter friendly park..
GABP being a hitters park is a perfect place for people like alex gonzalez and josh hamilton, and norris hopper.. GREAT on defense, and with the park they can stretch hits that were normally singles into doubles, and doubles into going over the wall..
you dont need to build around power.. you need to build around pitching and defense, the power upgrade in numbers will come because of the park they play in..