Originally Posted by mth123
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).
Just don't know if they have the money to get a guy like that.
I think this analysis underrates Hamilton's ability considerably. He isn't just some no-hit player with good speed. This guys has a rare talent.
And if you look at the Reds, they sorely need that talent. Team is painfully slow this season and it is the major cause of all these aggressive baserunning plays that fail.
Hamilton will be the CF next year, if not out of the box, then as soon as he has a decent streak at AAA. The Reds will have another CFer, or will try Heisey there, but Hamilton is coming to Cincy. They aren't investing in a three year CFer in the market.
At most, the Reds will get a guy (maybe Choo himself) slated for LF. More likely, just a one-year CFer who can share the position with Hamilton when BH is called up.
As for the offense generally, the Reds will obviously have to make some other changes. 3B, SS, one catching spot, all are fair game for more offense.