Originally Posted by oregonred
What were the options to fix LF? Few tradeable commodities and virtually no one deals early in the season.
Also about 100 pts below league average now in LF. Heisey/Paul isn't ideal, but will surely be an improvement.
I'm not one to suggest lopsided or impossible trades. But even early in the season a team can make a trade for an outfielder who can hit a little.
Maybe Walt didn't try, or didn't find a deal he liked, or underestimated the effect or duration of Ludwick's absence, or was relying on Heisey too much.
But the Reds didn't adequately address LF. Particularly since Heisey, even when healthy, was doing so poorly. And while I hope Heisey does well upon his return, his OPS contributed to that 100 point deficit in LF.
Lutz got a few key hits, but IMO a contending team doesn't have a AA player on the roster. Should have found a way to pick up a hitter.