Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Shown, yes; that's what I said "I think he's got," meaning that he has the inherent ability -- not that he's produced it as of yet. Though I had admittedly forgotten how similar Gutierrez's body type is to Stubbs. Both are tall, lanky guys who should add power as they age. In any event, I think Stubbs will prove to be a 20 HR guy in his prime.
EDabbs, I'd like to see an OPS significantly north of .700 too. But we don't "need bats" any more or than we "need run prenvention". Improvement in our run differential counts regardless of which side of the ledger it's on. A .700 OPS and his defense would represent a substantial improvement in our run differential over what we got from CF in 2009.
The Reds have built a pretty darn good "run prevention" club. Rolen, Phillips, Bruce, Stubbs, and Hanigan are all well above average defensive players. You can throw Votto into the mix as an above average defender and depending on which direction the SS position goes it could be Cozart of Janish who are above average. The only position that is questionable defensively is LF and it all depends on who plays there.
To be honest I think bats, especially in the OBP area, are the primary need of this club.