Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I think the presence of Gregorius may have been more of a convenient excuse to move him to CF without hurting his confidence than a true reason for the move. Surely it's at minimum some of both.
I doubt confidence was an issue. Hamilton surely has plenty. If you're a kid and the organization comes to you and says, "We think you're a solid SS, but you could be a great CF, so we're shifting you to CF," what you hear is you're going to be a great CF.
I'd be stunned if Gregorius' name ever came up when discussing the shift with Hamilton.
Meanwhile the folks in the front office are paid to the think about the big picture. And they seem to be thinking big picture. The core of Votto-Bruce-Phillips is locked up for another five years. So who's the SS they see playing for that team? We know it's not Hamilton. Maybe it's Cozart, but given his age I'm far from sold on it.
We can't know for sure, but it's highly possible the Reds' big picture involves Gregorius at SS. He's got no one pushing from behind him now. Put it this way, the Hamilton move has major repercussions for Gregorius. At the very least, the front office had to be aware of that.