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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    If Hamilton is ready, it's not just that he's ready........it's financials too. Reds probably can't afford what they have signed up now.

    I wish they could re-sign Choo. I like what he brings to the table. Kind of makes me wish Billy would have panned out defensively as a SS. I'd love to have Choo in CF and Hamilton at SS. And don't get me wrong, I really like Cozart.

    Just think if Hamilton was a solid SS. Think of the lineup:

    SS Hamilton
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    LF Ludwick
    RF Bruce
    2B Phillips
    3B Frazier
    C Hanoraco (Hanigan-Mesoraco for all you slow people )

    Oh well. So many options to choose from.
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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    Quote Originally Posted by Gallen5862 View Post
    What are the chances that the Reds could sign Stephen Drew? He did not get the offers he was expecting. Would he take a one year deal with an option? Would he be a upgrade?
    The chances are zero/nil/nada/none/zip.

    Would he be an upgrade? Maybe slightly, but probably not when you factor defense. The Reds picked Cozart, who is paid significantly less. Between Burriss, Cozart, and Donald, the Reds have their shortstop situation figured out, and it's already an upgrade over Cozart/Valdez.

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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

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    So you'd rather have a backup SS than a starting CF?
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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

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    I can see that point.. but we can say that about just about anyone.
    If any starter gets hurt, there's a pretty big dropoff. Sure, Heisey is a better fill in than Donald, but it's still a big dropoff.
    Here's where we disagree. Sure they'll be a dropoff to any non-starter. But most of the other positions (if not ALL of them) have a guy either on the Reds or in the upper minors who can defend at that position. I expect the hitting to take a step back with a non-starter. But there should be a capable defender somewhere in the top 3 levels (MLB, AAA, AA). ESPECIALLY in the defense-first positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    Here's where we disagree. Sure they'll be a dropoff to any non-starter. But most of the other positions (if not ALL of them) have a guy either on the Reds or in the upper minors who can defend at that position. I expect the hitting to take a step back with a non-starter. But there should be a capable defender somewhere in the top 3 levels (MLB, AAA, AA). ESPECIALLY in the defense-first positions.
    That's the worry? Hell, there are probably 2 dozen AAAA-type guys out there who can play competent SS for the Louisville Bats that Walt could sign right now to a minor-league deal.

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    That's the worry? Hell, there are probably 2 dozen AAAA-type guys out there who can play competent SS for the Louisville Bats that Walt could sign right now to a minor-league deal.

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    LOL. People are acting like I'm up in arms about this. I'm only saying it needs to be addressed. We have zero depth right now at short. That's all. Donald, Hannahan, Burriss...none of these guys are shortstops. They can cover it about as well as Keppinger could. And it's not like I want a glove only guy. I'm saying we've got some depth at RH relievers in the bigs, we've got some depth at AAA at several positions...let's trade from a strength and get a decent SS prospect that can slot into AA or higher.
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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    I'm curious if Doug or some of you other guys that follow the defensive stats more then I do can answer this question for me, Is there anything that looks at the OF defense as a whole rather then at just each individual player? Heres what I'm thinking, Choo might be a below avg CF but if we have 3 solid OFs can they as a whole make up for not having a top defensive CF? For example if a team had a great CF but then a horrible LF and a below avg RF would they possibly have worse outfield defense then a team like the Reds who have 3 guys that would probably all be above avg in left or right but below avg in center?

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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    All the hand wringing over plan B for SS from this trade and whether Choo will make us long for 30 something Griffey Jr. in CF.

    With SS, while I get that may be a need to be addressed, we are in December, 2012. So January through March depth at positions at various levels of the org. can be addressed.

    Choo, as an average range RFer with a good arm, will likely be serviceable in CF. Maybe he'll make everyone happy and dive more and run into more walls, and not drop balls at the walls like our suddenly gold glove caliber former CFer. My guess, is he'll play a slightly below average CF, which can be mitigated with late inning defensive replacements when the offense posts 5-6 runs.

    Paralysis by analysis. Oh, and I'm sure none of those discussions occurred prior to the deal. The Reds just went for the bat and have no clue whether there is a snowball's chance that Choo or Bruce can play center on a day to day basis.

    I guess I've learned my lesson from chuckling at some hair brained things the Cards have done with their outfield D, like signed Berkman to play RF, the aforementioned Jay in CF, Matt Holliday butchering LF, several starts of Schumaker in CF. Glad to see the Reds not being penny wise (Stubbs getting to a few more fly balls that he can drop after he gets to them) and pound foolish (letting an opportunity to fill their desperate top of the order need slip by because the D will take a hit).

    I conjecture one thing: if WJ did not make this move because of the downsides brought up in this thread, he would be lambasted---and rightly so.
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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

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    I'd rather have the other guy, but that isn't the point. The point is that Cozart probably isn't going to get better and may get worse, and if he does get worse, there is literally no one to replace him. Or if he gets hurt.

    WAR says Cozart was an above-average shortstop last year. Not sure I fully buy into that. Was he average? Yeah, I could buy into that. Not sure I buy into anything more than that.

    I am basically hinging on this, if Cozart takes even a slight step backwards in his game, I don't see him as "starting material", but the Reds don't have a single option behind him to replace him. I am not saying he will. I am saying he could. And if he does, the Reds have no options but to play him. It is like Stubbs all over again. You must play a crappy option because you don't have another one. Except that with how it looks right now, if that step backward does come this year, you may be stuck with that for years. It is a concern for me.
    Doug tell me why Cozart can't improve? You have pigeon holed Cozart because of one season in the bigs and his old age of 27. Players can improve no? Players can adjust, right? Do you take into consideration that he was put in a situation where he wasn't all together comfortable during his first season?

    I wouldn't be shocked if Cozart put up a .330 OBP. I wouldn't be surprised if after his first season in the bigs he was able to adjust. I wouldn't be surprised if moving him down in the order helped out his batting this season.

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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    Quote Originally Posted by dunner13 View Post
    I'm curious if Doug or some of you other guys that follow the defensive stats more then I do can answer this question for me, Is there anything that looks at the OF defense as a whole rather then at just each individual player? Heres what I'm thinking, Choo might be a below avg CF but if we have 3 solid OFs can they as a whole make up for not having a top defensive CF? For example if a team had a great CF but then a horrible LF and a below avg RF would they possibly have worse outfield defense then a team like the Reds who have 3 guys that would probably all be above avg in left or right but below avg in center?
    I don't think anyone is suggestng the defense will implode by having a minus defender in centerfield.

    The point really is that playing Choo in CF is likely to significantly impact his overall value because it's likely he'll fair poorly so it's important to consider when evaluating a trade and valuing his impact on the team's potential.

    That said, assuming he's a -10 defender in CF over the course of a full season (on average a corner outfielder gets dinged 10 runs for moving to center and he's been a slightly minus defender in the corner so this is a conservative estimate that gives him benefit of the doubt for his speed), he'd still be a 3.5 to 4 WAR player (assuming his bat produces along his career lines) despite having a defensive value that would've made him one of the worst qualified defensive centerfielders in the majors last season.

    Stubbs was a 1.3 WAR player last year and he's been on a three year downward trend.

    Choo makes the Reds significantly better despite the defensive problems his addition seem to present for the outfield. The calculus works on this one. I'm a huge proponent of defense but the goal is to get better and there are a gazillion ways to skin a cat. I think this move makes it more likely that the Reds play in a WS this season.
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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    Here's where we disagree. Sure they'll be a dropoff to any non-starter. But most of the other positions (if not ALL of them) have a guy either on the Reds or in the upper minors who can defend at that position. I expect the hitting to take a step back with a non-starter. But there should be a capable defender somewhere in the top 3 levels (MLB, AAA, AA). ESPECIALLY in the defense-first positions.
    That's a solid point as well.
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    Here's what I want out of SS: .300/.400/good defense. Cozart looks to be a good bet to hit that level for the next few years and he's super cheap.

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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    Again, I'll preface this comment by reiterating that I am very happy with the Choo trade and happy as can be with Walt and the current state of the Reds. That said...

    The way the events played out this week really make me wonder if there wasn't an even bigger trade the Reds could've made. Arizona is clearly enamored with Gregorius, and willing to basically trade Bauer for him almost straight up. So I wonder if the Reds could have really pulled off something like:

    Leake, Corcino, Gregorius, Stubbs and Lutz for Upton and Bauer.

    Upton is likely as good or better of a defensive CF than Choo.
    Bauer could be the 6th starter/complement to Chapman, with each pitching about 140 IP in the 2013 rotation.

    Oh well, it's all water under the bridge now (and I'm still happy). I'll have to wait until the 2014 offseason to reboot my efforts to trade for Justin Upton
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    Re: Reds acquire Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorious

    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post

    Leake, Corcino, Gregorius, Stubbs and Lutz for Upton and Bauer.

    Upton is likely as good or better of a defensive CF than Choo.
    Bauer could be the 6th starter/complement to Chapman, with each pitching about 140 IP in the 2013 rotation.

    Oh well, it's all water under the bridge now (and I'm still happy). I'll have to wait until the 2014 offseason to reboot my efforts to trade for Justin Upton
    I think the Reds would have made that trade if it was available.

    But Upton is signed through 2015 and thus is far more valuable in a trade than Choo. Choo, of course, is a one-year rental.

    I think the DiamondBacks would have wanted considerably more for Upton and Bauer. Probably Bailey, Gregorius, Corcino, maybe more.


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