Originally Posted by RedEye
Why the heck would the Reds accept second-rate defense if they can avoid it by shifting some players around? I'm sure people who shoot themselves in the foot can occasionally walk afterwards, but that doesn't mean its a recommended practice...
I think you're assuming that Votto can be a better left fielder than Alonso. I don't know why you think so.
The vacant position is left. The hitter looking for a spot is Alonso. Why not try him out there?