Originally Posted by Steve4192
As Sir_Charles brought up with Stubbs having a potential bounce-back season, the same holds true for Leake IMO.
I really don't get why people are so quick to give up on him. He is just one year removed from posting a 3.86 ERA with a 1.175 WHIP and has an elite bat for his position. Yes, his 2012 was lackluster and uninspiring, but this is a kid who has posted three straight seasons of league average-ish pitching before his 25th birthday, all without the benefit of being able to hone his skills in the minor leagues. Do you have any idea how incredibly rare that is?
I could definitely see him taking a big step forward in 2013 much like Homer Bailey did in 2012.
Nobody's giving up on Leake. But right now the Reds have no left fielder and a CF tandem consisting of .610 OPS Stubbs and .22 BB/K rate Heisey.
People are just focusing on how to fill these positions with players who will help the team win the Central again and go deeper into the playoffs. If the Reds make a trade, they will need to give up value presumably.