Re: Who plays CF in 2014?
Speed also translate into more ground covered in the outfield. Choo has improved in center as the year has gone in but he really is a corner outfielder playing center. Hamilton has prototypical CF speed and beyond. I don't expect billy to be choo. That's unrealistic, but I expect his skillet to help the reds. Sure I'd love to see a huge OBP out of him, but people act like speed is a useless tool. It pays dividends defensively in saving runs and on the bath paths when he does get on. To want to replace choos production straight up with another center fielder in my eyes us short sided as well and not looking at the bigger picture. Baseball is a team game. The goal should be to increase the teams overall productivity at the right cost especially in a mid market like the Cincinnati. Centerfields, good ones anyway, are costly in the open market. Lets take CF LF 3b and SS on the reds this year. Choo/the platoon in left/Frazier/cozart. Honestly the only player out of that bunch that has been consistently productive is choo, and while he has decent on base skills vs lefties he hits, as in bat to ball, poorly against them. If the reds can find a way to replace choos production at third short or in left field, they should do so and go with Hamilton in center. Hamilton/ludwick/an upgrade at third/and cozart, in my mind anyway, be an improvement in production over this year.