Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
Hamilton is serviceable in CF, but he's probably slightly above-average defensively, at best. You put him in RF, and he's a top tier defender.
Jay Bruce, unfortunately isn't a true CF. He can play CF, and would be a better defender than Hamilton, but Jay Bruce is a corner OF.
The Reds have a legitimate defensive CF in Chris Dickerson. Unfortunately, he has no bat. The Reds have an even better defensive CF in Drew Stubbs, but Juan Castro may very well be a better hitter than Drew Stubbs. The Reds had an everyday CF, but my guess is he'll be playing CF everyday for the A's in 2008.
Actually, Bruce has been a better CF than a RF so far and while his legs are young he projects to fine out there. Now when he hits 26 or 27 and his body thickens a bit, he'll probably need to move, but there really isn't an immediate crisis in CF. Even Freel is serviceable. Compare him to some of the guys passing for CF around the big leagues last season. Juan Pierre? Johnny Damon? Jacques Jones? Melky Cabrera? I'm not a big Freel fan either and ideally Bruce plays CF with Dunn and Hamilton in LF and RF. Griffey's presence means either Hamilton sits or Bruce stays in AAA. The problem with Freel is more that he's a less than optimal use of resources than that he's terrible player. There are quite a few CF around baseball that are worse then he is. I'd deal him for a decent prospect or bullpen arm, but I wouldn't just write him off or give him away. I'm guessing you can't get what it would take to deal him right now and he's a guy better marketed in Spring when teams realize the young guys they are hoping for aren't ready and Freel has had a chance to show that he's still in one piece.