Originally Posted by M2
Stubbs washed out as a leadoff hitter (and got traded). Encaracion washed out as a 3B (and got traded).
If you want to argue that the Reds stuck with both long after it became obvious, I'll agree with you. However, my opinion is EdE had a better chance of keeping his head above water at 3B.
Because of Votto, EdE never was going to get a crack at 1B with the Reds. And obviously I'm viewing EdE in the OF as nothing more than a pipe dream.
well, he had the requisite speed to play OF. He's got a very strong arm. He certainly was open to the idea in TOR and i believe with the Reds as well. I think it was another case of the Reds development unable to recognize either the player's flaw or their own. sometimes guysdon't fit. as for 1B, EE was a Red long before Votto made it to the show. As of last season, I'm not entirely certain Votto is the clear upgrade. this year will be telling in that regard.
If Craig Biggio, at age 37 can move to CF, EE at age 29 can certainly handle LF.
And EE is going to hit at least another 200 HR's in his career. Maybe 300. The Reds didn't get one of the best third basemen in the game. The got a guy that USED to be the best.