Originally Posted by REDREAD
I really like Choo, but Leake and Cingrani is just too much for a one year rental.
I'd roll the dice and give in to whatever salary demands Ludwick wants before that.
There's plenty of decent LF that could be had for less..
Another thing is according to baseball reference, he has a pending arb hearing on this year's salary, which may be quite expensive.
I respect your view, but I was kind of startled by the reference to a "decent LF."
We're trying to win a World Series here. Let the Pirates go for "decent" starting players.
To read this board, you would think the primary need on the Reds is a sixth and seventh starting pitcher.
The Reds cannot get on base. Their team OBP stinks. They do not hit righties well. They are overly right handed in their lineup. These problems plagued them in 2011 and 2012.
Choo is a wonderful hitter who would dramatically improve these deficient areas. He has a lifetime .381 OBP. In 2058 plate appearances lifetime against RHP his OBP is .400 even. That's a .400 OBP LIFETIME against RHP.
If the Reds could get this guy, with the possibility of re-signing him, for Cingrani and Leake, I would jump on it.
Pitching depth is great, but can you imagine this offense with Choo hitting somewhere in front of Joey Votto? Teams would fear pitching a righty.
And you still have Phillips and Frazier to spearhead the attack v. lefties. And maybe then you keep Stubbs to also help against lefties.
The only question is re-signability in my mind.