It would not be a bad move for the Reds to improve the top of the order with a legitimate OBP guy to hedge the bet that Billy Hamilton isn't a sure-fire, future Hall of Famer. He's still a prospect... one I'm thrilled about, but I don't think you can plan ahead assuming he's a guarantee to dominate at the MLB level when he makes it. If you improve CF or LF with an OBP guy you either have an option to help if Billy struggles, or you have a beastly top of the order with both of them.
All that said, I think if the Reds are going to look for a legitimate and confident solution for the spot, I think it's going to have to happen through a trade.
Wrong all the time, but I don't see the Reds opening their wallets for Victorino, Pagan, Bourn, etc. If they go the FA route, it will be a marginal improvement. If they go the trade route, it might really cause some ripples.
Originally Posted by drowg14
Depending on the necessary prospect haul, I would prefer Fowler over them both, but that's a whole other topic.
Seems like an awfully good candidate.