Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Emmanuel Burrus says hi. From Louisville.
As to Dickerson, where's he going to play in Louisville? They already have, like, five CF and two more OF to sort through. Too, if an OF goes down, you've got Heisey, Paul (who's Dickerson with a cheaper contract), and, if need be, Billy Hamilton.
The additions of Choo and Hannahan mean they're five corner guys for two spots (Bruce, Frazier, Heisey, Paul, Ludwick) and three or four for CF (Choo, Heisey, Paul, Bruce?) before you get into AAA. Once there, you've got Hamilton clearly ahead of anyone-- unless he struggles. Still, he needs ABs and will get them in Louisville. You can't play Dickerson in front of him. Add in Phipps, Perez, and others still in Louisville, and there's simply no room at the inn.
I see that Paul played a little CF during his career. But having watched him in the corners it is hard to believe he is much of a defensive CF. He is mostly a good bench bat.
I think the Reds could use a veteran CF for AAA. If Choo or Heisey gets hurt they need someone they can rely on to play some CF and take some at bats in the major leagues. Maybe Phipps can do it but a guy like Dickerson would be a more experienced alternative.
Burriss maybe, but they may be relying on him more for infield with the trade of Gregorius.
Depth is most important for CF because the starter, Choo, isn't a natural CFer so an extra experienced guy for AAA seems logical.
Dickerson or somebody like him makes sense IMO. A true CFer with experience.