Originally Posted by Benihana
Only if Ludwick is not re-signed, in which case Frazier is the future LF. Youkilis on a hometown discount is probably a better FA alternative to the LF that are available (ie Swisher looking for $100MM+), and Frazier's defense in LF is slightly better than it is at 3B.
From the link I posted above...
I don't think I'd be keen on trading Hamilton for Upton, to be honest. It's not necessarily overvalue Hamilton, but I'm still not sure which Upton is the real Upton. Two seasons of his career, he's been one of the best hitters in the game. The other two, this year especially, he's been someone that would not be worth the money and prospects it would cost to obtain him. His ISO this year is .124. Two years ago it was .170. The 2009 and 2011 version would be worth trading Hamilton for, probably, and be worth the money he will cost. But can we be certain that's the Upton the Reds would get?
I guess if the Reds lose Ludwick, then signing Youkilis is a decent alternative. I like Upton, but his total value is still a little iffy for me. I'd want to have a better idea what I'm getting if I were going to trade my best prospect to acquire him.