Originally Posted by mth123
Otis Nixon was a part time player until he was age 31. His high water mark was an OPS+ of 94 in 460 PAs at age 32. He had a long career as a spare part and that's OK and maybe Billy can do that, but this is a thread about who should be the Reds CF in 2014 not who should be the 5th OF. Nixon's career OPS+ was 77. I'd honestly rather just play Heisey out there than have a typical Otis Nixon year manning CF (and I think Heisey is clearly a 300 PA part timer who is probably going to make more money than he's worth starting in 2014).
Again, you are fixated on OPS+ and not overall value.
Otis Nixon was an league average CF from 1989-1993, and had a streak of nine straight seasons of an OBP over .330, 7 of which were .348 or higher. That's the value of speed. You can still be very valuable even if you don't put up a godd OPS.
I would be very happy if Hamilton put together a career like that as a Red. The Reds would win many division titles if he did.