Originally Posted by REDREAD
As long as he plays defense as well as he did last year, I'm not worried about Cozart's OBP. We can carry one low OBP guy, especially at a pre-arb salary.
Cozart is going to bat 7 or 8th.. it's not a problem.
I think Cozart is going to outhit Didi next year, so it makes sense to keep Cozart.
In a way, this is similiar to the 1999 preseason. Reds dealt Konerko and kept Casey.. Casey was producing better "now" and that's what a contending team needs. Sometimes that means dealing the prospect with the higher ceiling, because you need production now, not later.
I think Cozart probably could outhit Didi for 2013. We may even get a chance to see. I don't even mind that we traded Didi and kept Cozart. I would rather have it the other way around, but it isn't a big deal for me either way. The fact that we are laying out entire bet on either one of them is the issue for me. Well that and that we don't have a guy who I think projects to even be a below-average center fielder on our team that the Reds will actually play there (re: Chris Heisey isn't going to be the every day starting center fielder this year unless one of the corner guys gets hurt and Bruce/Choo slides over).
It isn't that we traded X player and kept Y player. It is that we have a whole lot of our eggs at shortstop with no other option in the organization for years to come and that our center field options, defensively, suck. The trade is a net plus (in almost all scenarios) for 2013. But I see a lot of risk with it for the organization.