Re: Who plays CF in 2014?
I think the Reds need to consider CF a spot that they not only need a stopgap for a year, but maybe two or three until Ervin is ready. Hamilton may step-up, but his brand of weak offense supplemented by speed is usually a longer shot to pan out than a player who is based upon better hitting skills (getting on base and having extra base power). The "get somebody for a couple years and slide him to LF if Hamilton works out" strategy makes sense. If Hamilton doesn't work out, others (Y-Rod, Lutz, maybe one of the high A guys) might be ready to assume the role in LF in 2015 while the stopgap continues to man Center. They can always keep Ludwick for 2015 if he's still hitting. Invoking his option isn't really that pricey when you consider it saves the cost of the buy-out.
Just don't know if they have the money to get a guy like that.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS