Originally Posted by mth123
I think Paul is the cleasr 5th OF at this point, but with Choo and Bruce filling 2 spots, Ludwick being better against RHP than LHP and Hannahan now on the bench, the need for a lefty OFer on the bench is much less urgent. If Rolen decides to play, Paul would seem to be the odd man out.
I think the Reds outfield as currently structured, has excellent lefty/righty balance. I would keep XPaul.
Heisey and Ludwick have hit righties better, but not last year. Both hit lefties better.
If Rolen comes back, which I doubt, the Reds will have an overload of players in the infield. I wouldn't remedy that by going short in the outfield.
Particularly with Choo playing out of position in CF, I'd want my full compliment of five outfielders.