Alright, I'm not over the Reds decision to leave Bruce south. I'll deal with it.
That means a platoon of Patterson/Hopper. Maybe I can deal with that. Probably not (for a lot of reasons like whenever Patterson leads off).
So my biases are out in the open.
That said, the Cubs just signed Reed Johnson to platoon in center. Johnson is an excellent corner defender but probably is miscast as a CFer (though he's likely roughly a neutral defender there if you believe Tango's defensive adjustments). Here's Johnson's career splits against lefties: .308/.371/.462. Here's what he has done in roughly 1700 PAs leading off: .290/.353/.423 (not too shabby). He's a gap hitter who would've loved GABP.
Norris Hopper is also miscast as a center fielder defensively. Here's his splits against lefties as a major leaguer: .386/.423/.492 in 132 AB. Looks awesome. However here's his totals for his 10 year career in the minors: .289/.343/.335. Here's his splits against lefties for his most advanced years in the minors: '05: .315/.355/.357; '06: .356/.375/.394. Really should we expect him to come close to matching his first 132 AB's against lefties in the majors as he moves forward?
Reed Johnson could've been a significant upgrade over Hopper as a platoon partner for Patterson as well as a legitimate lead off bat for those who are inclined to care a lot about "roles". He'd make a good bat off of the bench as well as a stellar defensive replacement in left as needed. He's the perfect roster glue IMHO.
So what say you? Am I wiggsers or did the Cubs just snooker the Reds on an upgrade because the Reds have too much bench chaff (Freel/Hopper) to consider such a move?