Originally Posted by Doc. Scott
I really don't think that is going to happen. If Didi is as great as it's said he is in the field, Hamilton won't be necessary at SS. If Billy is still playing there when he reaches the big league level, it's a sign the Reds aren't happy with the rest of their SS depth chart.
I don't think that's necessarily the only way to look at it, Doc. Hamilton, as a SS, is a difference-maker-- a true monster WAR guy at a position of scarcity.
A CF may be, according to the Reds' way of thinking, easier to obtain or develop. Stubbs could finally click offensively. Heisey might prove that last season's power totals and his minor league obp can co-exist. By the time Hamilton arrives, Ryan LaMarre, Bryson Smith, or someone else from the minor leagues could also develop. Or the Reds could deal for a guy (Span, Fowler, et al) or sign a guy they really, really like.
The combination of Hamilton at SS and whatever CF may be a better choice than Hamilton in CF and either Cozart or Gregorius at SS.