Re: The importance of a lead-off hitter
Make no mistake about it, the Reds are a better team with Jerry Hairston in the lineup at this moment.
Problem is, to this point in his career, he had never had an OPS over 700 in a full season. I guess it's definitely possible for a guy to emerge late in his career like this, but I would be surprised if he didn't regress next season. Re-signing Hairston may not be a bad idea regardless because of his speed and versatility, but I'd not spend much money on him in doing so.