"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Corey Hart is likely never to play everyday OF the rest of his career. He was pretty bad in his career in RF, played mostly 1B in 2012 before missing all of 2013. To think he can be an everyday LF at this point is a stretch. If he is even an upgrade from Ludwick is debatable. Career wrc+117 for Hart and 112 for Ludwick, plus Hart is coming off a missed season.
Hard to see a fit with Reds. Teams looking at him will be thinking 1b and DH.
But as others have pointed out, there are a lot of other factors at play than their most recent three year averages. Hart is coming off an entire season missed by injury. He's no improvement in the field to Ludwick. But most importantly... he's RH.
I agree Hart would be inexpensive and that he may very well be a better player than Ludwick in 2014. But the Reds are stuck with Ludwick's contract, and as long as he is on the 2014 roster I don't see how there is space for both. I would prefer the Reds get somebody who is a LHH to compliment Ludwick, and/or can cover CF until Hamilton is ready...
Old school 1983 (11-28-2013)