Originally Posted by kpresidente
They could have kept him at 3B. Why not? His offense, even at the time, was good enough to justify it. And if he stays healthy, maybe he puts it all together sooner (he had nagging injuries holding him back for a number of years there). Then you move him to LF after a year or two, and yes, I'd absolutely play him out there today with no reservations for that bat between Votto and Bruce. Are you kidding me? Why not? This is a team that's trading Drew Stubbs' defense in center for Shin-Soo Choo and everybody agrees it's a smart move.
Put me in the camp of liking the fact that the Reds finally have a lead off hitter. With that said, and the likelihood that it's only for 1 season, I'm not sold on the move. Defense in center is important for the pitching staff. I think they will miss that, a lot, as the season goes forward.