Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious
For reference, the 2012 NL slashes by lineup position (leadoff, second, cleanup, etc.), followed by the assumed Cincinnati lineup's 2012 stats:
1. .261/.324/.391 Choo .283/.373/.441
2. .262/.321/.393 Phillips .281/.321/.429
3. .274/.350/.463 Votto .337/.474/.567
4. .273/.345/.467 Ludwick .275/.346/.531
5. .260/.322/.436 Bruce .252/.327/.514
6. .257/.322/.420 Frazier .273/.331/.498
7. .249/.309/.400 Cozart .246/.288/.399
8. .244/.308/.367 Hanigan .274/.365/.338
They're clearly above average now in all of the top six spots and the 8 hole, unlike last season when they were generally well below average in the top two spots. That's what the Choo trade did almost single-handedly (with help from the Ludwick re-signing).
If Cozart can make any kind of improvement at the plate this season, which, I know he's 27, but is almost a sure thing, he should be able to become a league-average 7-hole hitter, and you pretty much have no holes in the lineup.
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