Originally Posted by Quatitos
I would imagine they only signed a 1 year contract because they have 3 years of control of him anyways so no reason to risk multiple years since you will have him if you really want him.
This logic make good sense. If Lewis shines then the Reds have the option of keeping him. If not, well, there may already be young players in the system to take a shot with. Remember Taveris and Patterson? When they were signed most fans thought they might be the lead-off key, but turned out to be waste. In general the outfield is starting to get crowded when considering players already in the system who just might be able to carve a niche. Sappelt as a lead-off speed guy, Dorn as a big LH bat, Frazier looking for a place to play. Then add in Lewis and Hermida....