Wayne Krivsky stated ‘we didn’t think moving him in the middle of a season was fair to him’ when asked in an interview about moving Brandon Phillips to SS shortly after the abysmal Kearn/Lopez trade.
I can’t understand why the Reds would think this. My guess would be that Phillips has played as many games at SS in his career than he has at 2B coming up through the minors, even though he has played 2B in nearly all of his major league time. It would probably take all of two series for him to get comfortable back over there.
Phillips would be a huge upgrade defensively over Clayton at SS, and I don’t even need to mention the offensive upgrade he would be over Clayton/Castro. This would open up second base for Aurilia full time. He has less range, but is surehanded. It would get Encarnacion’s bat back in the lineup helping to make up for the offense lost in the Kearns/Lopez trade.
Even if they are dead set against Encarnacion’s glove being in the lineup, they could leave Aurilia at 3B and play Freel at 2B. Denorfia is still a huge offensive upgrade over Clayton/Castro if they go that route.
I can’t see any drawbacks to moving Phillips over to SS right away, and it is painstakingly obvious he is the only in house solution for that position who can swing the bat.
Why are they waiting?