Originally Posted by Edd Roush
What value does a low-risk, low-reward guy give you? I just don't understand what value Bryson Smith brings that you could not get cheaply in free agency. There are many guys who can play left, center and right field. There are also plenty of guys have some speed who can pinch run. There are also high contact hitting back-up outfeilders who a coach can bring him off of the bench in a "make contact" situation as a pinch hitter. Like you said "He just has what guys want for their bench guys." What is special about a bench guy? What potential surplus value does a bench guy bring to the Reds?
There aren't exactly a ton of guys out there who can play center (and by default also bring speed to the table) and hit for some sort of average. We are on prospect #26. Not prospect #6. When we are at #26, a guy who could be a quality 4th outfielder is of plenty of value.
At the end of the day, I simply don't get voting for Constante before voting for Romano. If you want to vote both guys ahead of Smith, I can get that. I don't agree with it completely, but I get the argument. But I can't get the argument that Constante > Romano.