Originally Posted by TRF
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.
A guy being put in a position is much different than a guy playing a position. Biggio never "played" CF at 37, he was in the game as the CFer by default. I imagine EE would be about the same in LF at any age. But as M2 pointed out, all we have the ability to say is "I guess..."