Re: CF Defense, is it that important?
I like the Choo trade but would have liked it better if the Reds had Choo + Span instead of Choo + Ludwick. The Twins wanted pitching for Span. I wonder if the cost would have been worth it (Corcino or Cingrani for 2 years of Span). I believe the Reds were also linked to Revere who was traded for a young starter. Once the Span & Revere trains had left the station the Choo in CF plan was implemented. I suspect it wasn't plan A.
Long term we may (hopefully) be thrilled that the team kept the young pitching but short term IMO Span was the best bet for the Reds in CF.