Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
Choo is an impact player. No doubt about it.
If he was signed for more than 1 year, I think I would be more inclined to pull the trigger. There's the Boras factor, I don't think he will be an easy extension.
I hear what you're saying about the 6th and 7th starter being less important, but I think the Reds are in a somewhat unique situation here with the Chapman starting experiment.. I have no qualms with trading Cingrani and other prospects, but there's a good chance we'll need Leake to win the division more than an increase in OBP in the lineup.. Honestly, Redmond and Cingrani are not ML starters at this point.
Decent LF that could be had for less pain: Ludwick, maybe Corey Hart, heck maybe even Sorianno if his ankles are ok and the Cubs are still willing to eat payroll.. Maybe Cody Ross.. Now these guys aren't as good as Choo, but wouldn't cost Leake + Cingrani..
I guess I'd only trade Leake for a 2-3 year affordable solution in a position of need.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!