Originally Posted by Kc61
Only question is why the Reds should spend on CF with Hamilton in the wings.
Nobody wants to improve CF more than me, but I can't see a big deal for a Fowler or Span, or a major FA signing, when the CFer of the future is at AAA and destined to be a Red soon.
LF, on the other hand, is empty right now with Ludwick as a FA. I'd think the "bigger" signing will be a LFer, where there is no Billy Hamilton on the horizon.
As for Choo, one problem is he is a FA after next year; and a Boras client. He'd be my choice as a player, but it seems unlikely that the Reds could work this out - don't want to give up the farm for a rental.
I tend to believe two things the Reds are saying, they want Aroldis to start and they think Billy is very close. So I see what you mean with CF going to Billy very soon. Outside of that box is also the plan to win now, and make sure you're not vulnerable. I think that's where the Reds could decide they want some security. Giving Victorino 2 years certainly writes off Billy for most of the year in Cincinnati, but a year in AAA isn't going to be a bad thing. In 2014, Victorino could be a 4th OF Heisey type role if Billy is ready for CF.
That said, if they want to really platoon CF and do it right, I'm fine with a LF signing. Frazier could play 3b or LF, preferably one or the other. Choo would cost who knows what in prospects and would be gone in 2014, but he'd also likely yield a comp pick as well. I just don't know if the Reds are full and mature enough to feel comfortable dealing their promising talent. Much of that talent is also called "salary relief" in a few years.