Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
1) I don't believe Hamilton will be ready by the All-Star break of 2013. 2014, perhaps.
2) Fowler could play LF. While slightly unorthodox, many teams have played two CF in the same OF. There may be an adjustment period, but I believe he could do it.
If he could move there, the Cincinnati OF defense would instantly become the best in the league. Fowler may not have HR power; however, because Cozart, Phillips, and Frazier all have above average power for their respective positions (not to mention Votto and Bruce) and Mesoraco profiles to eventually hit for power, his 10-15 HR isn't all that glaring a problem. And that .370+ obp would look awfully good in front of Votto along with Hamilton (when he's ready).
Imagine an offense with an average obp among the top three spots in the batting order hovering at .375. How would that look in front of Bruce, Frazier, and Phillips?
Well they are definitely fast tracking hamilton. I'd be very surprised if we don't see Hamilton sooner rather than later. I think they believe he's ready at the plate, they just want to make sure he's ready defensively.