Originally Posted by 757690
Kpres- you do nice work and I appreciate the effort you put into trying to find answers the Reds needs. However....
SS is the most important defensive position on the field. It's importance can not be measured by any fielding stat, or any compilation of stats. Having a solid fielding SS results not just in less errors, or more plays made, it leads to less pitches being thrown by the pitchers, having a starter go deeper into games, using the bullpen less, letting pitchers have confidence in allowing the batter to make contact, less AB's for the opposing lineup which means that the best hitters hit less often, less stress on the rest of the defense, and so much more.
Look at this chart Attachment 5405
It is the Reds defensive rating as a team over the last 10 years. It shows that defense matters. Big time. The Reds do not at all need offense from their SS. That has not been the problem. They need steady, solid defense. Fontenot is not the answer, not at all.
The Cubs played Ryan Theroit as SS, who's worse than Keppinger. They won the division. He had a .387 OBP.
The Reds had a winning record with Hairston in the line-up...playing SS. He had a .384 OBP.
So, yes, a .380-.400 OBP is what we need. What we don't need is Corey Patterson part II.
We have a defensive SS. If offense doesn't matter, just play Janish. He might be able to manage a .300 OBP. I'm not sure Greene could.
We had a terrible defense last year, but will upgrade the OF at least, by default, so things will already be better.
We had a terrible team OBP last year, but lost our best hitter and have yet to replace him, so things will be worse.
It's a matter of outs. How many does the player get you vs. how many does he cost you. What you need to win in baseball is good starting pitching, OBP, and small contracts. I care about defense after those are established. I'd love to have Jimmy Rollins as much as the next guy, but he's not available.