Re: Taveras-City folks just don't get it
If you throw away the stats and watch Taveras and Furcal play, you will notice a big difference. Furcal can smoke the ball, Taveras is a slap hitter who gets most of his hits by pounding the ball into the ground and using his speed. That is probably one reason why his numbers dropped last year, teams were better prepared defensively for him. His offense is very one dimensional.
I agree that Taveras is not as bad as most people make him out to be, but really is just a faster Norris Hopper. He wouldn't be a horrible acquisition, but not worth giving up any talent from the Reds.