Why can't he pitch every 5th day as a starter and play OF the other days?
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A half-season of relief work isn't going to do him any harm. Let him have his way in Billings then spend the offseason trying to convince him that his best chance to earn millions of dollars is with his arm, not his bat.
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Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I think some people forget that the Reds are dealing with a human being with his own wants, needs and dreams rather than a stratomatic card. The Reds may own his rights, but they don't actually own HIM. They need to convince him that their plans coincide with his best interest, but if he doesn't want to hear it, there is not a lot they can do about it other than keep him as happy as possible and keep trying to convince him.
If a team wants you as a professional at a specific position and is willing to pay you significantly more money than you would otherwise make to play that position, the choice is either take it or do something else for a living - or at least, for as long as that team owns your rights for that sport.
Remember when Jim Bowden forced Alfonso Soriano to move to the OF? Soriano had a lot more leverage then (having already made millions of dollars and multiple All-Star appearances) than a guy like Lorenzen does now.
Last edited by Benihana; 06-19-2013 at 02:40 PM.
But seriously, people are hard to predict. Lorenzen might have his heart set on being the next Ken Griffey Jr, and he might be willing to wait for the 2014 draft if the Reds aren't willing to even listen to him on the subject.
You can't treat people like stratomatic cards.
But, the Reds have also publicly stated (whether they truly mean it or not is another story) that they are willing to let him do both and Lorenzen has publicly stated that he still wants to do both.
I don't see his use being the reason for a hold up. These things just take some time. It has been two weeks since the draft as of today. There really isn't a huge rush.
I could live with Lorenzen as a starting pitcher or as an OF. But to turn him into a bullpen arm after drafting him so high would be a huge HUGE disappointment. To me, the bullpen arm is the 4 year college guy drafted in the 5th round, who either makes it in the bullpen or not at all.
I still want to see him hit. The Reds are almost to the point where they have a lot of pitching, but need some lumber in the OF.
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