Oct 6, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (50) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning of game one of the 2012 NLDS at AT

Did Santa Fill the Cincinnati Reds' Stocking with Care?

December 23, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Santa Claus cheers in the first half of the game between the Orlando Magic and the Utah Jazz at Amway Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Kids all across the fruited plane, and indeed all over the world submit a list of their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus. Then they sleep and wait with baited breath as the jolly interloper does what he can to fulfill those wishes.

I realize the poem actually says that “…the stockings were all hung by the chimney with care…”, but when you are attempting to come up with something clever you tend to grasp.

Back to the headline, did he?

The Reds needed a leadoff batter. They got it in the person of Shin-Soo Choo.

They needed a center fielder, they procured that as well, perhaps in the same person. If not he will switch positions with former center-fielder Jay Bruce in right field.

They needed/wanted a qualified closer so they could move Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation. That slot was filled when the Reds signed free agent and 2012 part-time closer Jonathan Broxtonto a multi-year deal.

Choo actually filled three holes in the Reds stocking considering the fact that he bats from the left side. Prior to obtaining his services they only had Bruce, Joey Votto and Xavier Paul. After getting Choo they acquired another batter from the left side in reserve third-baseman Jack Hannahan.

Discounting any injuries or unforeseen deals the Reds 2013 lineup appears to be set before Spring Training even begins, which is a good thing. Yes?

Choo hit the Reds pitching, sans Cueto, as if it were 5:00 p.m. instead of 7:00p.m. Spending more time in Great American Ball Park, I would submit that you can see at least a career high of 25 HR from his bat this coming season. His current high-water mark is 22 in 2010.

He really enjoyed success against Bronson Arroyo, slashing .571/.600/1.643 with 4 HR, 3 2B and a walk in 15 PA and knocked in seven runs. Wow! I bet he wishes Bronson was traded to the Cardinals or Brewers.

Thanks to Santa, even though he showed up early for the Reds, they should be the front-runners not only for the Central Division title but also the National League pennant.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good 2013 season.

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