Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
This is correct. It is the same thing the Reds have in Chapman. These are two potentially significant marketing bumps the Reds can realize out of their talent pool -- pretty amazing given how they've been capitalizing on their star-quality talent lately.
Key, though, is that they have to be reasonably sure Hamilton and Chapman will succeed. I think they've probably learned from trying to market Bailey too quickly. It's going to take another year or so with Hamilton. Chapman is pretty much ready to step forward, and they better be sure he's not going to regress in his one-innig stints as a setup guy....
Difference is, Chapman doesn't have guys better than him at his role. Chapman is one of the best guys for the bullpen we have. We know that for sure.
We don't know at this point whether or not Hamilton will be the best option for shortstop, second base or center field. Huge difference.
I would hope that a professional baseball team in 2012+ has the foresight to play the guy who is best for the job, not the guy who might excite a few extra fans over the course of a month until they figure out he isn't the best (if that happens to be the case) for the spot.