Re: Offseason Priorities
If Ludwick doesn't come back, expect Phillips back to cleanup and Cozart leading off (unless they find a new CF). Some undesirable outcomes at hand...
Arb eligible players like Valdez, Bailey, Leake, Heisey, Stubbs and Ondrusek could be on the block in order to keep Ludwick (or acquire a similar player), that valuable starting LF this team needs.
At the same time, a CF with Hamilton would potentially pay dividends in several directions and needs to be a big consideration. Why spend on Span with Billy almost ready, for example.
I remember when Votto was 22-23 years old, many felt he was ready at the plate, including himself, but the defense was the hold up. I say, don't let that keep Hamilton down too long either. If he's not with the club in April, then at least by early June. Please.
In the meantime commit to Heisey and trade Stubbs.
That's just one scenario, but I feel like it's the most they can do with the outlook of Ludwick's likely pay raise and our limited knowledge of who they might trade/acquire.