Originally Posted by swaisuc
I'm going to be on an island based on last season, but I don't like anything about Revere's game. I think he's more Willy T than his BA last year suggests. .642 OPS so far in his career after last year's breakout. Stubbs OPS by comparison is .698. Both are pretty terrible offensively and can steal some bases and play defense. Neither cost much money. I really don't see the point.
Willingham I'd be interested in, but if we're going to pay his contract, why not just spend that money on a FA or bringing back Ludwick and keep our players?
You have good points. Just looking statistically at last season and factoring in that Willingham had about 100 more abs than Ludwig, he doesn't appear to be that much of an offensive upgrade over Ludwig. Further, if his defense is as horrible as another poster suggested (I admit I know nothing about his defense), then I think I would rather have Ludwig also - assuming the Reds think he could get close to repeating last years numbers and his price & years demands are comparable to what the Reds would have to eat with Willingham.
I'm just spitballing, trying to think up possible remedies for the LF, CF and lead-off issues. By no means am I suggesting that Willingham and Revere are the only solution, or even the best solution - I just think the stars may be aligned so that it is a possible solution.