Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
Just throwing Griffey as a comp, but Choo could do that and still not have significant overall value if the defensive limitations are significant.
Choo is clearly a terrific hitter, but I think the defense needs to be heavily scrutinized to determine if this is going to be the upgrade it appears on paper.
I see Choo only playing about 100 games in CF this year- max.
I see Heisey playing at least 50 (with Choo in LF). And I see Hamilton looming as a threat to steal innings as well (pun intended).
So really what this does is gives us a LOT of breathing room for our risk factors:
1) Ludwick cannot maintain last year's offense
2) Choo's CF defense gives back a lot of value
3) Billy Hamilton is or isn't ready to be a fulltime CF
4) Injury risk for any of the above
5) In status quo, lack of leadoff hitter/offensive CF will be a huge detriment
In almost all of these "risk" scenarios, we're pretty well covered. That's why I'm very much in favor of this move.