Originally Posted by dougdirt
.718 OPS is not a guy you don't worry about looking for an upgrade on. He has a .297 OBP. right now. I don't think it will continue being that low, but we are talking about a 26 year old who has a sub .300 OBP in the Majors right now as a reason to move someone else. I like Cozart. But he shouldn't be the reason, at least right now, to move anyone off of shortstop.
I would certainly agree that the Reds shouldn't move Hamilton because of Cozart (or anyone else) - and I like Cozart. Still, the issue for me isn't that Hamilton is blocked at SS (in my opinion he isn't) - the issue for me is where is he most valuable defensively given his skill set. You can't just say that defensively SS is more important than CF, or vise versa, b/c the point is Hamilton's skill set in particular, not the positions in general. If he realistically projects as an above average SS, leave him there. If, however, he projects better defensively in CF with that speed, then I would say put him there. Maybe the Reds already know the answer, or maybe it's still to early to tell; I just know that when/if his bat is MLB ready I want him hitting lead-off for the Reds - and the sooner the better.