New Cincinnati Reds manager, Dusty Baker has his hands full with his team’s center field situation. The Reds have three players competing for the CF job, and top prospect, Jay Bruce may not like the results.
The problem is that the Reds also need a leadoff man. Baker would like whoever wins the CF job to also be the teams leadoff hitter. Bruce’s other competitors (Ryan Freel & Norris Hopper) are a better fit for the leadoff slot, but that in itself won’t kill Bruce’s chances of every day play at the start of 2008.
Baker has also suggested that the Reds are still looking outside the organization for a leadoff/CF. Their prime target right now is Kenny Lofton. If the Reds sign Lofton, Jay Bruce may start the season in the minors.