The Cincinnati Reds made some moves in the offseason that should make the team better, but one move may come down to affect one of the team’s superstars. After the Reds traded to get Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians, it was announced that Choo would play center field. I don’t think that is going to work after a while and the Reds are going to be forced to put Jay Bruce in center field. If that happens, Cincinnati is going to have a major problem on their hands.
Bruce is a good right fielder, making just six errors last season, and was put in center field during the 2008 season where he made two errors in just 35 games. Choo is a natural right-fielder like Bruce, and although Cincinnati is trying to find a way to make this work, I’m concerned that Bruce is going to be forced into a position where he will need to man center field, which isn’t his best position. Choo has played just 83 innings in his whole career out in center, so the slightly more experienced Bruce may end the season being there.
I think that sort of move would change the offensive numbers that Bruce could have in 2013. Bruce hit 34 home runs in 2012 but if he is forced to switch positions, he may find himself with only 25-30 home runs because of all the extra ground he will have to cover in center field. It is a dangerous move for Cincinnati if it happens and they must hope Choo works out playing in center field.