The Reds needed a leadoff hitter in 2013, so they took part in a three-team trade that netted them Shin-Soo Choo.
Choo brings a career slash line of .289/.391/.465 with him to Cincinnati. In doing so, he makes the whole team better, as he can sufficiently set the table for the rest of the Reds' lineup.
Choo can also be a valuable asset with his ability to drive in runs from the leadoff position. In his eight seasons, Choo has averaged 19 HR and 86 RBI per 162 games played.
Choo is moving from right field to center field, and though he may struggle slightly, his offensive contributions far outweigh the possible negative impact of his defensive shift.
Angel Pagan had one of his best seasons last year with San Francisco.
Pagan set career highs in games played, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, total bases and walks.
Pagan finished 2012 with a .288/.338/.440 slash line, eight HR, 38 doubles, 15 triples, 56 RBI, 95 runs scored and 29 steals.
Let's compare the 162 game averages of Pagan and Choo.
|Player ||AB ||H ||2B ||HR ||RBI ||R ||SB ||AVG ||OBP ||SLG ||OPS
|Shin-Soo Choo ||592 ||171 ||28 ||19 ||86 ||90 ||20 ||.289 ||.391 ||.465 ||.856
|Angel Pagan ||563 ||158 ||32 ||10 ||62 ||83 ||29 ||.288 ||.338 ||.440 ||.778
Choo outpaces Pagan in at-bats, hits, HR, RBI, runs, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.
Pagan only tops Choo in doubles and stolen bases.
As a leadoff hitter, those are two important categories. However, Choo does best Pagan in total bases, 275 to 238. Between his edge in total bases and slugging percentage, Choo does seem to put himself in scoring position (or scoring himself via HR) more often than Pagan.
Pagan does have the edge defensively over Choo, though.
It's hard to tell what Choo can offer defensively, given his impending move to center field, but his 83 career innings in center field haven't been indicative of a very good defensive center fielder.
83 innings is only about nine games, but in those 83 innings, Choo has managed a UZR of -0.4, and an OOZ of zero. He also has a range runs above average (RngR) of zero (per Fangraphs.com).
,on the other hand, has 3880.2 innings played in center field, and he has compiled a UZR of -0.8, an OOZ of 270 and an RngR of 0.9 (per Fangraphs.com).
Pagan's innings played and slight metrics edge over Choo give him the nod defensively, but this is not enough to make up for the offensive differences.
Reds: 5, Giants: 2