The best thing you can say about putting Billy Hamilton No. 1 on the depth chart in center field and the leadoff spot?

It makes a whole lot more sense than signing Shin-Soo Choo to a seven-year, $130 million deal.

That’s what Choo reportedly agreed to Saturday with the Texas Rangers. The move made Choo’s departure from the Reds all but official. He has to pass a physical before the deal is finalized.

In the wake of the news, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty reiterated the club’s intentions of going with Hamilton in center and the leadoff spot.

“He’s the guy,” Jocketty said. “We feel confident he can be a good leadoff guy. He’ll give us great defense. The only question is how often he can get on base. He’ll start working on his bunting again after the first of the year. If he can master that, it will really help him.”

Hamilton has the speed to change a game. He’s the Usain Bolt of the base paths. Fans saw that with his 13 steals in 14 attempts during his September call-up.

In a perfect world he’d get a little more time at Triple-A. But he hit .256 with a .308 on-base percentage at Triple-A this season. He followed that by hitting .227 with a .284 on-base in 75 at-bats in winter ball in Puerto Rico.

Choo, by comparison, put up a .423 on-base.

But, again, Choo was so far out of the price range that signing him could have hamstrung the franchise for years to come. Long-term, high-dollar contracts are huge risks for any organization. For a small-market team like the Reds, they’re insanity.