Originally Posted by osuceltic
My two cents:
Like the trade, but I do have concerns. I hate giving up Gregorious, but understand it. I think he's going to be a very good major league shortstop for a lot of years and those guys are tremendously valuable. Trading one for a one-year rental (if that's what this ends up being) is risky. I'm not nearly as high on Cozart as most here.
I'm not wild about compromising defense up the middle, but I also trust Jocketty enough to believe he wouldn't try it if he and his scouts did not feel Choo could handle the position. So, I'm giving the Reds and Choo the benefit of the doubt.
Having said that, it's safe to say the Reds have downgraded defensively at two positions -- center and third. The offense will have to make up for those extra runs allowed.
Having said all that, I'm excited for what it will mean in 2013. Choo is exactly what this team needed at the top of the order.
I was thinking of a-typical CF's and a decent body type comp for Choo would be Jon Jay or maybe even Laynce Nix. Not every CF is a lanky speedster or a little guy. Add in some Heisey relief and it will be okay. Not great, possibly barely good, but okay.
3b seems pretty natural for Frazier, I like him there more than LF. A full season will certainly show his true skill. I think he is a bit underestimated athletically, after all he was a SS.
Add in a possible surge from Mesoraco offensively, too.