Re: Who Plays LF in 2013?
The more I think about this question (that everyone seems to be weighing in on) the more I am comfortable with offering Choo no more than a 3-year extension, and probably no more than $35M total. And that's only if Hamilton is ready to assume CF and you can trade/shed Ludwick's contract. Of course, I'd offer the one year qualifying offer in either scenario.
The Reds need to allocate some of that money to locking up Cueto, Latos, Bailey and/or Frazier long-term. If the lefty-hitting Lutz and the righty-hitting Y-Rod continue their (very) early season breakout performances all season long, it will make this an easier decision (not to extend Choo). Assuming they keep it up, those guys could/should be big league ready at some point in 2014 and definitely by 2015 after Ludwick's contract expires.
Just like we're leveraging cheap talent with Cozart, Frazier and Mesoraco at SS, 3B and C respectively, we will need to do this for CF and LF in the 2015-2017 periods while we have a lot of money locked up in Votto, Bruce, Phillips, and hopefully 3 of Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Frazier and maybe even Cozart or Mez.
In other words, Hamilton and Lutz/Y-Rod will need to do for those teams what Frazier and Cozart are doing for this team, and Votto and Bruce did for the 2010 club: be cheap starting talent.
Of course, hopefully by 2016 or 2017 Jesse Winker will be nipping at their heels as well.
Last edited by Benihana; 04-19-2013 at 06:43 PM.