Originally Posted by kbrake
I have not read this entire thread so I apologize if this has already been discussed but how soon could Billy Hamilton be prepared to take over as the full time CF? Could he be the guy by the All Star break? I think the easiest way and probably quickest way to help this offense is find guys capable of getting on base in front of Votto. And if Hamilton can be that guy sooner rather than later we can use resources like Gregorious to help fill other areas of weakness.
I think that is one of the key questions of the off-season and performance in the AFL may dictate which way the Reds go. I'd love to see Hamilton on opening day with one of Heisey or Stubbs as a fall back and the other shipped off for something else. If that was possible, I'd keep Didi. After CF, SS and 3B look like the 2 biggest questions to me. A Lefty hitting IF who can handle SS and provide an alternative to Frazier and especially Cozart would be very valuable. IMO, SS would be more productive on offense and defense with a tandem of Didi and Cozart than it would with either player by himself. It would also be an option (not a great one) if Frazier's late season troubles carry over into 2013.
If Hamilton looks like he's farther away than June, I think the team needs to make a move of some type. The Stubbs/Heisey combo needs to be upgraded. IMO, that involves a LH bat who can play CF added to the mix with one of those players moved out to make room