This one is simple for me, though many may disagree. If I was starting the season right now, Kosuke Fukudome is my everyday centerfielder. I like Reed Johnson a lot. I know he did great things for us last year in that platoon role, but the fact is that he’s not an everyday, 150 start kind of guy. I truly believe he can be the kind of guy we need in a platoon role, but not as an everyday starter.
Fukudome, on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment last year and very much needs to rebound. I feel like a lot of the failures were due to being in a new country, with the longer schedule, more travel, and day/night games. That’s a lot of transition for a guy to get used to in addition to being away from a newborn baby and wife while trying to learn what to expect from all the pitchers. You’re going to see a much better Fukudome at the plate this year, but the only way to see it is to give him the starts he needs to put up the numbers we paid for.