I wonder if the team didn't make the decision that Ryan Adams
was going to be a better glove at 2B than Hoes? If so, then Ryan would be the next in line to Brian Roberts
and would need at least 500 ABs to prove himself.
While Ryan is given the shot at 2B what do you do with Hoes? If you play him at 2B and spend 2011 learning that his glove won't work there then he's behind the learning curve for LF at AAA in 2012. That's a lot to ask of a 22 year old.
Perhaps they came to the conclusion that Hoes' bat would fill out enough to justify a corner OF spot. If he has an OPS
of .825 or better with 30+ SBs a year what does it matter HOW that OPS breaks down? That kind of production is worthy of a 2, 3, or 6 spot in the batting order on a winning team.
If Reimold claims the LF spot next year then Hoes becomes a trade blue chip to fill one of the many holes we have.