Re: Batting Average and the Reds
All that matters is OBP and SLG. AVG adds nothing meaningful to the picture at the end of the day.
.280/.340/.440 is not any better than .260/.340/.440, in fact it is slightly worse in terms of generating runs for a team. Yes, you are turning a few walks into singles and that is good, but you are also turning home runs into doubles and/or doubles into singles (else the SLG would change) and that is bad.
Sacrificing any OBP or SLG to improve AVG would be a losing proposition.