Originally Posted by Old NDN
Yeah, I think the Reds brass knew it was unlikely to keep Choo after a year and expected Hamilton to be the replacement in 2014. The fact he hasn't developed into a MLB-ready player has left them in a quandry. They're not going to spend to get one, there's none ready in the pipeline, so it'll be BHam by default. If they go the stop-gap route they're in trouble.....if they want to remain playoff contenders.
I still think Rasmus would be a good stopgap. Plus if you have to trade a good prospect for him and need to get more value out of him, he could be further resigned to be the LF after Billy is up for good.