Originally Posted by RedTeamGo!
It does not matter if Votto can or cannot play OF or 3B - he will not, nor should he. Why in the world would the Reds move the best 1B in the National League (with Cabrera playing 3B, most like MLB) out of position for an unproven player that has never even played in the minor leagues? Come on dude, take a step back from the Puig hype machine and understand just because he is Cuban does not mean he is going to take over baseball overnight.
This reminds me of world soccer clubs signing Brazillian players in the early 2000s simply because they were Brazillian.
Hey man, we have 6 months to discuss this stuff until Opening Day. I am taking a step back and trying to think of ways where we can improve that haven't already been discussed in the past 2 weeks since our season ended.
IIRC, Pete Rose changed positions plenty of times to make room for better offensive players in the BRM lineup. I know Votto did not want to move to LF for Alonso and honestly, that makes me question whether Votto is in it for the team or for his own reasons such as stats and money. Heck, you can say Cabrera is out of position at 3B, but the dude is a hitter and it made way for Prince Fielder too. Basically, Cabrera is out of position, but he made it harder for teams to pitch around him.
Yes, Abreu is unproven and Puig hype may impact my view of him, but regardless, scouts say he has tons of power and a great bat. Stats back it up and I believe I read that Abreu had the Cuban Triple Crowd the last 2 years or something.