Bad defense in CF is going to mean for a worse pitching staff. More pitches, less innings, more bullpen work going to the lesser arms and more work overall for everyone, making the bullpen worse as a whole.
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Make that a thing.
Choo certainly has the arm for CF.
Choo actually likes the Cleveland organization and has said good things about being part of the team. He could be comfortable with the Reds too. Boras is a problem of course in the long run regardless.
If this deal goes through, I think I'd personally prefer to see Jay in center and Choo in right. But they've both got the speed and arm for either. And they've both had experience in the minors at both slots as well. If we had a big outfield, I'd be more concerned. But lets be honest, we've got a pretty small outfield. I'm a defensive junkie, I live and breathe for defensive stalwarts, and if I'm fine with Choo...that's saying something IMO.
1. Choo CF
2. Phillips 2b
3. Votto 1B
4. Ludwick LF
5. Bruce RF
6. Frazier 3B
7. Cozart SS
8. Hannigan/Mez C
Pretty pretty good.
I'm going to miss Johnny Beisbol
Three former CF in the Red OF-- and, while none of the three may make a great CF, the combination of the three should make the overall OF defense decent. Add in Heisey and Paul as backup OF to play in difficult stadiums, and it's a far cry from the Lost Decade.
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Scary thought for Tribe fans....
MLB.com reporter Zack Meisel pointed out on Twitter that if the Indians do acquire Stubbs, the Tribe will have added the 2011 National League strikeout leader and the current American League strikeout leader (Mark Reynolds) in a span of three days.
His career in RF, he has been mostly around average to a tick above according to metrics, and graded out very poorly last season. I don't know about last year to have a definitive answer if it means much for the future. But I consider it concerning considering he is touching 30 now, so it wouldn't be crazy to see some defensive downgrading (albeit not to the degree shown in the stats).
Presumably if Jocketty believed he was that bad the trade would not be consumated. Just throwing it out there for discussion because it could be a deal breaker in his overall value.... hoping someone is more familiar with the situation.
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