Originally Posted by RED VAN HOT
If anything, Stubbs defense should improve further as he becomes more familiar with the parks in the league.
I think his offense is anybody's guess. My hunch is that he will hit in the .260's with 12-18 HRs. His primary job though, is to get on base and put pressure on the opposition's defense....the job that Taveras failed to achieve last year. If he succeeds, and I suspect that he will, and plays gold glove defense, he will be an above average CF'er.
This thread gives the impression that the Reds offense is in intensive care. I disagree. I think the only real need offensively is a good #2 hitter. That spot was abysmal last year. Having a solid hitter in that spot will improve Stubbs's offense and set up a decent string of power in the middle of the order.
What this team really needs is a true star. Or two. Every player who is discussed has some sort of tradeoff. We talk about how "not awful" someone is, how this person will be league average, how this guy will nake up for deficiency A with strength B.
I wish we had a couple of guys who would allow for us to not have to worry about the shortcomings of a guy like Stubbs. Put Holliday in LF and a plus offensive guy at SS and Stubbs is just fine in CF next year. But adding him to the other questions in the lineup and the offense becomes more questionable. For next year.