1- Why is Darnell McDonald out performing him, despite less than half Reddick's at bats?
>>DMac is outperforming Reddick??? The only thing I can find that puts him ahead (and not by enough to matter given SSS) is if you only look at post-AS #'s . Going with post-AS only is like saying let's compare one players hot streak to the others cold streak ... and on those terms the comparison isn't flattering to DMac in the least (though I do like him if only for what he did for this team last year). Check out DMac RISP+2 outs stats since you seem to like these so much.
2 - This team needs a right handed hitting, full time RF for 2012.
>>I don't disagree with this. I guess it will depend on who can be had and for how much. If value can be had, I'd trade Reddick for an equivalent RH OF'er without qualms (or throw in a couple more prospects for an upgrade). If a good value can't be found, as things stand right now I'd be comfortable starting 2012 with Reddick in RF with the understanding we could make a mid-season trade if he stinks it up.
3 - Now somebody mentioned his tender age of 24 ... I did a little research and here are just a few players and ages when they made the Majors for good: Nick Markakis - 21, Adam Jones-21, Vlad Guerrero -21, Evan Longoria-21, BJ Upton-21, Miguel Cabrera-19 (and starting in a World Series-hit a homer off Clemens) Joe Mauer-21, Adrian Beltre-19, Matt Kemp-21, Freddie Freeman is 21 and possible ROY in the NL, Jason Heyward started on the NL All-Star team last year at 20 years old, Mike Stanton-20, David Wright-21, Ryan Zimmerman-20, Starlin Castro-20, Jay Bruce-21, Aramis Ramirez-20, Prince Fielder-21, Albert Pujols -21, and Justin Upton 20. That's not mentioning a boatload of others, but the point is, there are many players making their mark sooner than 24.
>>I never said no one makes it younger. I just said that in the present day, a 24yo vying for a starting spot on a top team is doing well. This is especially true if said prospect isn't a "can't miss" top of the draft player. All the players you mention have one thing in common: they are stars. I, and many others here, haven't claimed Reddick is a star. I think he is starter material and I think he has a pretty good chance to fulfill that potential. Maybe with the Sox (say IDK, 25% chance ... see #2) or more likely with another team (~40%).
4 - It's called PRODUCTION. Reddick doesn't produce.
>>Um, really? Would you like a +defense RF'er who has this line for the season:
AVG=.295 2B's=45 3B's=9 HR=21 RBI=75 R=110 ... all from the 6-8 spot?
That's what Reddick's 2011 numbers look like if normalized for 600AB's ... not saying he has a snowballs chance of doing that next season, but you wanted to use stats so have at it. Personally, I see a guy who is likely to be .250 - .285 with 30-40 2B's and about 20HR's. Plus the possible upside to do better ... which seems like a pretty good deal for $400k and clearly doesn't suck.
Bottom line, your stance seems to be this: he isn't a star, therefore, clearly sucks. Not sure I can make much sense of that.
PS - You are sounding more and more like Softy:
"Now somebody mentioned his tender age of 24"
Next you'll be telling me I am a typical racist Boston fan because I think Reddick should start over DMac.