I agree with everything you've said in the quoted post. However, just for a little context concerning this specific comment, compared to '06, the defense has been dramatically upgraded at shortstop even with Gonzo likely only being league average. Also, even though Hamilton is likely going to grade out as a below average defensive center fielder (my guess is that he'll end up -5 to -10 based upon play-by-play metrics), Hamilton/Freel/Hopper in CF is a huge upgrade over Jr. Unfortunately a lot of that gain is given right back by having Jr in right.
Good points. The Reds definitely need to upgrade the defense in at least one OF corner.
The front office decision might even be that it wants to upgrade the defense in both OF corners, which is fine. Though that might be a process that takes the next 18 months to play out.
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