Originally Posted by RedlegJake
That's what I see ideally for Henry if he sticks with the Reds and isn't traded. Votto first base, BP at second, Zack at short, Todd at third, Didi the defensive specialist backing SS and HRod the play everywhere sub and switch hitter off the bench. That's a darn good infield and pretty good bench too. HRod would still get 400 ABs in that arrangement if can play some left too.
If Zack doesn't get is stroke back he might just lose that starting job to Didi though, if Didi keeps hitting with some pop and can maintain a higher average and OBP. I'd see Zack getting traded then - I don't really envision him as a bench player for some reason..
Sounds like a pretty nice plan to me. From what Scrap Irony said, HRod's defense as a full-time starter may not be ideal at any one position; but if he continues to hit as he always has he needs to be on the field somewhere. My question on that, however, is can you really get him 400 ABs in that role. Assuming he hits at the ML level comparable to what he has done in the minors, then you're going to want him hitting in the lienup most days. So, I come back to the idea that maybe you start him at 3B (or where ever) and live with any slight deficiency that may exist defensively. I don't know which way will work best, but I'm excited about a switch hitter in the pipeline who makes excellent contact - any team (this year's team for example) could certainly use one (or two) of those guys.
As for Didi being a defensive specialist, I think that he's probably shown enough already to say that's likely his floor. I think he's got a good chance to end up being a top 1/3 starting SS in the league. If that happens, I believe he or Cozart would have to be traded. At that point, both Cozart and Didi would be too valuable to put one on the bench when they could bring a good return in a trade - good defensive SS who can hit don't grow on trees, and I think both will hit. Also, you wouldn't want to move either off of SS - their defense is too good and their bats wouldn't play as well anywhere else (i.e., they lose a ton of value at another position).