Originally Posted by REDREAD
I'm not sure if I would do the trade or not, but let me play Devil's advocate.
Upton's OPS the last 5 years:
816, 899, 799, 898, 785
Signed through 2015 at 9.7 million, 14.2 million, 14.5 million
If we could get the 900 OPS version, it's a lot more attactive.
He's going to be very expensive though in 2014-2015.. If he only can OPS around 800, that's a disaster. Upton's high price tag negates some of the advantage of his youth (He's going to be a FA at age 27-28)
The other option would be to keep Didi and just sign Ludwick.
Ludwick hasn't exactly been Mr Consistency either, but we probably get him signed for a little bit less money and he doesn't cost us prospects.
I know you are just playing devil's advocate, but last year aside, I think the Reds will rue the day they pick Ludwick over Justin Upton- especially for the next 3 years.