Originally Posted by brm7675
You are right we don't know what Heisey can or can't do, but right now I don't see Ludwick as being leaps and bounds better then Heisey. I think it pretty clear that in the field Heisey is better and given how big the SD outfield is I can see where they would prefer a better glove out there. Also if you look at the monies, you probably are getting a overall better "bang' for your buck with Heisey overall, problem is the Reds are not maximizing him at all.
He's probably better than Heisey. "Leaps and bounds better", I don't know. But the key to this whole thing is obviously Dusty and the Reds do not feel Heisey is even leaps and bounds better than Gomes and Lewis. This could be very faulty reasoning on the Reds part. But if they're even close to right, then Ludwick for Heisey would be flat out larceny on the part of the Reds. Because I would certainly say Ludwick is "leaps and bounds better" than Gomes and Lewis.
I do a deal like this if I'm the Reds. I mean I know Ludwick isn't a particularly young player anymore but he's not done yet either. And as was mentioned over at the ORG, he's OPSing over .800 away from Petco. Put him in a hitter's park and get him away from the NL West parks like San Diego's, San Francisco's, and Dodger Stadium, and he should pay dividends.
I mean there's very little downside here. You can think Heisey is the greatest player in the world as a fan here, but if the Reds aren't going to play him, what have you lost? You've lost your best pinch hitting power bat off the bench, and that is a bit of a loss. You've lost a decent glove man. But the bottom line is you're getting next to nothing out of Gomes and Lewis and you're not playing Heisey. I mean if that' literally all it took, the Reds should be all over this. You're getting somebody who's definitely better than Lewis and Gomes and you're giving up somebody who you're not giving many starts to anyway.