Re: Jocketty: Reds could trade a shortstop
Originally Posted by osuceltic
Shortstop is one of those positions where if the offense is reasonably close, I always go with the better defensive player. Since I don't expect much more from Cozart, I think ultimately he and Gregorious will be reasonably comparable offensively. Since Gregorious is the better defender, I would go with Gregorious.
Throw in the age difference and I actually think it's pretty clear cut.
The one thing this doesn't consider is trade value. I'm guessing Gregorious probably has slightly higher value, but since I doubt it's significantly different, I wouldn't let that impact the decision.
Is Didi the better defender? Cozart rated quite well out there, both via the stats and the eye test. I wouldn't downplay the value of Cozart's power.
By far the biggest differentiator between them is age. Cozart is in his prime right now. Didi G will be 23. Cozart may be more attractive to a win-now team, while Didi more valuable to a team that's looking a few years down the road.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.