Originally Posted by klw
I don't think a SS upgrade is needed given Cozart's defensive skill level and the occasional pop in his bat AS LONG he never hits higher than 7th in the order and the offensive is otherwise upgraded. If the Reds have a quality bats in the leadoff, a better bat in the two hole and cleanup, Cozart is a fine SS for a 7 or 8 hitter. The biggest offensive problem Cozart has present this year and last was when he was used in the first two spots of the order.
The biggest offensive problem with Cozart is his OB and it's a problem no matter where he bats. The Reds need more guys who don't have to hit 7 or 8.
The Reds have to get an OF bat, either Choo or someone to replace. Yet that's just running in place. After that, if you want to improve the team's offense the two places screaming loudest for a potential upgrade are C and SS. If we're playing the enough-defense-to-warrant-the-bat game, that line starts behind Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier.