Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
There is no difference. The situation with Chapman and Hamilton are the same. They are stars. People want to see them. They will be Reds regardless of position, of team need, of other prospects, whatever.
That's why the Reds gave Joey $225 million. They see him as an anchor, a star, an attraction. His baseball skills are great, but this Reds management wants revenue. It wants fan interest. That revenue will ultimately breed baseball success.
Right now, Chapman is a reliever. He has control problems, we don't know if he will be a great starter.
But he is a star. The Reds will find a role for him. He will be here as long as he can throw missiles and he wants to stay.
Notice that Chappy didn't spend 2012 in AAA, as some projected. He may spend a bit of time there, but very little. The Reds want him on the team. Now.
If there are better prospects than Hamilton, they will change his position. Billy could easily wind up in LF. They want him to run. They think he will attract fans, interest, and revenue and they are probably correct.
This Reds management, I believe, is living in the modern world. The big recent signings show that. The team will succeed, I believe, because management is focused on attracting fan interest. I think it will work, and Hamilton is part of that plan.
All of this transcends Xs and Os. There is more at work here. The goal of having a truly top flight organization and an exciting team fans want to see. Winning will eventually result.