Originally Posted by dunner13
I really don't think Walt has any serious interest in getting a CF/Leadoff because there hoping that Billy Hamilton fills that role by the All Star Break. Think about it, if we get Span for 3 years then what do we do with Hamilton? Trade Him? He's going to be way cheaper then Span, Bourne, Bj Upton, Victorino or any other option and he may very well be better then them, and with the SB's a lot better then them. I think we will hear the reds rumored on CF options but in the end we will open Spring Training with Stubbs and Hamilton as the options and if Hamilton is ready then he will be handed the job on Opening Day if not then Stubbs will play til he is ready. I would much rather wait on Hamilton and keep Stephenson and are other pitching prospects then give them up for a guy whos not even as good as Hamilton.
I don't agree, I think Walt will get a CF on a short contract for next year, two years max. Coco Crisp has one year left on his contract, with an option for 2014.
The more I think about it, the more Crisp makes a lot of sense for the Reds. The A's now have a lot of outfielders and Crisp is expendable.
I'm not saying Coco is a world beater, but given the Reds' situation, he would fit the bill for now. Switch hitter, can lead off, hits righties for a decent OBP, short contract. Might be a tad expensive for next year at $7 million. But a better choice IMO than Victorino who will want multiple years.
Crisp could also be a good mentor for Hamilton, both switch hitting centerfielders, Coco certainly has the experience to help Billy if they both are Reds at the same time.
I DO agree that the Reds won't break the bank or make a big deal for a star CF with Hamilton in the wings. Glad they didn't go for Span.