Originally Posted by SporkLover
They really didn't have a reason then. A offensively weak SS is ok to carry if you have a good defender and strong lineup around to pick up the slack. This year the reds are looking at a offensively slumping BP, a streaky lineup, and although Cozy is one of their better hitters these last two months....Walt would be fooling himself to not consider a stronger SS candidate.
The winning recipe for eons has been, great pitching, a strong bullpen, defense up the middle (cather, SS, 2B, and CF), speed up the middle (SS, 2B, and CF), and power at the corners.
The Reds have the second best starting pitching staff behind the Pirates, one of the best closers in MLB, strong defense up the middle with Choo being the weakest link, decent speed up the middle which will get MUCH better with Hamilton...their weakness is power at the corners. Some people think Votto walks too much for a first baseman, Frasier doesn't have enough power, and left field is a revolving door. The Reds HAVE to solidify left field first and foremost, and the money from letting Arroyo leave is going to be a major factor in that. Frasier needs to get some more power and be more consistent, and the Reds have to get a more consistent effort at the plate from their catchers. Cozart is no where near the top of that list, unless he starts making errors, which he has been good at not doing.