During the past off-season, the Cincinnati Reds were involved in a controversial three team deal. In the deal, they gave up starting center fielder Drew Stubbs and prospect Didi Gregorious among others. In return, they received Shin-Soo Choo. The Reds plan was to play Choo in center, something he hasn’t really done before.
Choo has come into camp and mentioned that, well, maybe he can’t play center field all year long. Because of this, Jay Bruce has lost weight and volunteered to play center for the team, something Reds manager Dusty Baker is probably going to have to take advantage of.
Choo is clearly a better player than Stubbs is. He doesn’t strike out as much and gets on base more than Stubbs. Stubbs is developing, but has yet to live up to his potential, and if he doesn’t with the Cleveland Indians, he may find himself traded again or on the bench.
Choo’s got a strong arm, and if Bruce does play center could develop into one of the best center fielders in the game. The point is though, that center may end up being a trouble spot for them, and that’s not necessarily a place where you want to be weak. The best teams are strong up the middle defensively and now one of those places may be a question mark for the Reds.
Choo is going to be an upgrade over Stubbs, however, the Reds may have to shuffle their defense a little bit. It could make an impact on their season.