Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
I disagree that a leadoff hitter is a must have this offseason and that saying otherwise blows your credibility. What this team needs is another guy who can get on base. This team finished 21st in baseball with a .315 OBP and that was with Votto's otherworldly figure. The only playoff teams that finished lower were Oakland and Baltimore. Look how far they got in the playoffs.
If that guy doesn't hit leadoff, that's fine with me. It would be ideal if they did hit 1st or 2nd but Phillips can hold down leadoff adequately. I see no reason to pigeonhole yourself by only looking for leadoff hitters when there are plenty of ways to make this thing work
Reds leadoff hitters combined to bat .208 with a .254 on-base percentage -- both ranked last in the Major Leagues. The No. 1 hitters scored 83 runs, tied for the second-worst among the 30 big league teams.
I guess the rest of the baseball world and I are wrong...