Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I'd personally play him at 2B, watch him go .310/ .350/ .450, and deal with the lack of range. He has really sure hands and won't screw up what he gets to.
But Phillips is there. So that won't work.
The next most logical move, IMO, is to play him everywhere on the infield. 2B, SS, 3B-- pull a Tony Phillips.
That is a REALLY optimistic projection. There are only 10 active major leaguers who currently maintain a 310 career batting average. I like HRod, but I doubt he'll be one of the elite BA hitters in the game. I expect something more along the lines of 290/330/410. That makes him a useful player, but given his deficiencies with the glove, not a guy I would want to pencil into the lineup everyday. I see him more as the Reds version of Jose Oquendo, the perfect Swiss Army knife to have sitting on your bench ready to step in and replace just about anyone.