Originally Posted by BungleBengals
I said that he could play 3B. I never said he would be great there. That being said, Detroit has a below average 3B, yet one of the best offenses in the league and they are competing in the LCS. I have said it many times in recent threads: I think that we should sacrifice a little bit of defense and try to gain a lot of offense.
Reports vary on Abreu's ability to contribute beyond his bat. One scout told Crasnick Abreu is "all bat," an Edgar Martinez type, while another felt he could be a solid first baseman. The bar is raised for a bat-only player, and it's certainly possible to hit 25-30 home runs and still be replacement level, as Raul Ibanez did this year. As far as young DHs go, Billy Butler has a .298/.364/.459 line in seven seasons, yet has never had a season in which he was worth three wins above replacement. Still, if Abreu settles in as a two-win player, he'll be worth a $10MM salary.
At 6'2" and 250 pounds, Abreu is not nearly the athlete Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes is, though Crasnick says Abreu has ramped up his conditioning of late. He's still likely to be a negative in baserunning.
I am totally on board with adding legit bats whenever the Reds can get them. I was interested in Guererro too, but the Reds don't seem to be a match at this point.
However, trying to cram Abreu into a 3B because Cabrera does it, doesn't seem like a great idea. That said if the Reds do it, and he rakes you won't hear me complain.
I think the Reds will find some offense this winter, but I don't think Jocketty will sacrifice alot of defense for it.