Originally Posted by mdccclxix
Some of the offense vs defense debate for the Reds could have to do with their offensive projections for this team. They have done a lot to get Choo, Ludwick, and a platoon guy with Frazier.
I agree with M2 in that I think they will keep who they know they can keep in Donald. The bench was so horrible offensively last year that even Hannahan is a huge upgrade. If they think they need even more offense, Donald should get the nod. If not, it may mean they're expecting great things offensively from their moves and want to strengthen the defense as much as possible.
I think this post does a pretty good job of summing up the debate. I think that with most positions that you can sacrifice some defense for offense, but shortstop is such a pivotal defensive position that you really want a guy that your pitchers are comfortable with. You don't want to have to make your pitching staff get 29 outs everytime you run out your backup shortstop.