Originally Posted by Brutus
If the Reds are planning to move Chapman into the rotation, which I hope is the case, then I think it would make absolute sense to trade Leake or Bailey for Young.
Leake, being a sinkerball pitcher, is someone I could see the Rockies liking a lot. They love guys with groundball tendencies, naturally. He had nearly a 2:1 ratio last year of grounders to flyballs.
Needless to say, Young is the kind of player the Reds need.
Young has been a bench player on the Rockies. He had a great year in 2012 in limited PAs. He hasn't been a starter and his defense has generally received low grades. Doesn't throw that well.
On the other hand, his UZR rating for 2012 was good, and I read one report saying his defense improved dramatically.
Fast, can steal bases, switch hitter. Good OBP. Good plate discipline. Very little power. Works hard and hustles.
Very intriguing idea for the Reds. With Fowler in Colorado, Young should be obtainable and hopefully would get on base frequently as a leadoff hitter. Doubt he will be Stubbs' equal in CF defensively.