2010: 743 OPS
2011: 674 OPS
2012: 877 OPS
2013: 618 OPS
Now another year older (i think 35 this year?) it's hard to imagine him being the player he was in 2012. Outside of his monster 2008 year that was his best offensive year of his career, and seems to be more of an outlier than true reflection of his ability at this point. But then again I also thought Drew Stubbs was going to be an all-star caliber player so what do i know?
I guess my point is that the Reds are a much better team as of right now than we are giving them credit for and are very capable if making the playoffs based in the pitching, and advancing because of that pitching and hopefully a better tactical manager in price.
Also, Walt isn't sitting on his hands, he has made lesser deals to improve the team. Pena gives the Reds a chance to play Mes full time which will increase C offensive production. Shumacker is a tough veteran sub with OBP skills that can play a variety of positions. Walt also turned a catcher who barely hit his weight into a nice pitching prospect.
Finally, the Market for the Reds is slower to develop this year than in years past. We had to wait out Choo and probably Arroyo too. I imagine Walt isn't done. But making rushed trades for marginal improvements instead of making wise traded for definite ones is the stuff bad trades are made of.
Now if we at at the same juncture at opening day as now, I'd be a little worried, but were not. The Reds aren't going to magically improve. Players are going to come back from injury and give the team healthy talent that they often lacked in 2013, plus I also think the trade market for the Reds has been slow to develop, but once it does Walt will make a solid move.
Last edited by Old school 1983; 12-24-2013 at 01:15 PM.
But I do agree that they are looking to improve the teams offense in LF and looked at moving Phillips. It's out there in the press, so I imagine things have been discussed behind the scenes.
But what I don't get is the panic. Ludwick will be better than LF last year, and Phillips will be better than he was in the second half of last year after the injury.
As for LF, the problem is with fans, not Walt or Price. Both are fine with LF and if not then there would be some rumbblings somewhere and there haven't been. Ludwick had a horrible 2013 due to injury, but I am not willing to say his career is over due to it.
What I continue to read are people basing views on what "might" happen, well lets see "what" happens and then look to change. The Reds have put together a nice run here, with a better manager things may have gone better in the playoffs, but you can't argue with how they have performed in the regular season.
As for Phillips, his OPS has gone from .810 in 2011 to .750 in 2012 to .706 in 2013. He will be 33 next year. If you want to think that his hitting is going to imp;rove, then you REALLY are looking what "might" happen. BP is fading and if he is here all next year it will not end pretty.
As for his contrtact and moving him. Do you think the Angels would like to move Pujols and Hamilton? They just signed contracts.