Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 10/23/14
When the Reds acquired Shin-Shoo Choo from the Indians this offseason many believed Cincinnati basically swapped better offensive production from the leadoff spot in exchange for a shaky, unproven, defensive center fielder. Count former general manager and current ESPN writer Jim Bowden as one of them. The Reds have struggled to find a legitimate leadoff hitter for several years now. And the decision by general manager Walt Jocketty to trade for Choo is the team's solution for the aforementioned struggles. However, there are plenty of baseball pundits already questioning whether or not Choo can play the center field position effectively. In fairness, the 8-year veteran has appeared in only 10 games there in his Major League career, so it is not hard to see why some folks may be skeptical. In a piece published on Tuesday, Bowden calls the Reds' plan to insert Choo as the everyday center fielder a mighty gamble. He was so initially puzzled by the move that he sought out ...
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