Originally Posted by mlbfan30
I'd like you or anyone else to answer this,
"Does anyone here think Patterson is better than Bruce? I think everyone says No, right? Then that means the Reds don't field the best possible team to compete in 08."
And also answer this,
"Here's the point. If he's a replacement, who starts in CF? Will Dusty give Hopper/Freel At bats against RHP when Patterson could play?" Why would Baker carry both Patterson and Bruce?
For those who say it's a minor league deal and it doesn't mean he's on the roster. Why add him when the only way for it to be a "good move" would result in Bruce playing in AAA?
Yes, Corey Patterson's mother, maybe.
But seriously, you are assuming that Patterson will be the everyday CF for the Reds for all of 2008. The signing happened hours ago, lets first see what transpires before jumping to conclusions. That is why I think Amarillo's comments were wise.
There are many different ways this could play out. Patterson could end up a part of a platoon, or just as the fourth outfielder, or not make the team at all. If you know about Cubs history, he and Dusty did not get along, so who knows what will happen. Also, Patterson could start the season as the Reds CF, but just as a place holder until the team is confident about Bruce. That might only be a month.
Patterson makes a nice fourth outfielder, and it is premature for anyone to assume that he will take Bruce's spot this year. It is a good move if that happens.
And if Patterson makes the team, that means someone is getting traded.
And to be honest, it is not Patterson, Hopper or any other CF who truly is holding Bruce's spot. It is Griffey. Bruce will be the Reds Right Fielder for years to come, starting in 2009.