Career vL: .281/.344/.487
Career vR: .244/.310/.393
Personally, I think Mes is going to have a breakout year. But if we're looking for a platoon partner with Mes, he's definitely not it.
Since when is Dioner Navarro a "great offensive catcher"?
2013 catcher stat ranks (given 250 PA - Hanigan had 260)
.198 BA (17th)
.306 OBP (13th)
.261 SLG (18th)
.567 OPS (17th)
Navarro 29 years old (2013 - $1.75M, expected 2014 - ?)
2013 catcher stat ranks (given 250 PA - Navarro had 266)
.300 BA (2nd)
.365 OBP (2nd)
.492 SLG (1st)
.856 OPS (1st)
Navaro killed LH pitching
He had a decent year against RH but his OPS was over 100 points above his average.
All fine and dandy, if he was a good receiver, but he's not and that's likely why he's a Cub
FWIW, Mesoraco had a WAR of 0.2 (all stats from ESPN)
He will get paid this off-season. Still would be within Reds' range financially, not huge, but will get pretty good money.
Not sure he would want to be Mesoraco's backup. He's a Cub because he spent 2012 mostly in the Reds' minor leagues.
Navarro hitting sixth would have helped the Reds offense this past season.
He looked like a good player when the Reds called him up late in the 2012 season and eventually made the Reds post-season roster. He knows how to hit. Uses all fields, solid hitter. I'd have no problem with that acquisition if the Reds went in that direction.
Meh, Navarro only had 266 PAs in 2013. He has a career .684 OPS and from 2009 to 2011 in ~750 PAs his OPS was below .600. I think he's a nice offensive catcher, above-average, but he's a poor receiver and is as likely to crater as he is to succeed.
I really don't have a problem with the tandem of Mes and Hanigan being brought back in 2014. Mes has strong peripherals and Hanigan was banged up. I would prefer the efforts to improve be made in the outfield. I see six of the eight lineup spots as locked-in and that the acquisitions should play the outfield...
Reds Shopping Brandon Phillips
By Zach Links [October 18 at 4:11pm CST]
The Reds decided a month ago that they will shop Brandon Phillips this winter and intend to trade him, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). While there are several contending clubs with questions at second base to address this offseason, finding an attractive deal for Phillips could prove to be challenging.
Phillips, 32, is coming off of a down season and is owed $50MM through the 2017 season. The second baseman slashed .261/.310/.396 in 606 plate appearances in 2013, down from his previous six seasons in Cincinnati where he hit .280/.329/.446. Despite having a healthy amount of money left on his deal, Phillips openly complained about his contract earlier this year after the club re-upped Joey Votto with a ten-year, $225MM deal.
Teams with openings or potential openings at second base include the Dodgers, Yankees, and Orioles.
He may just be the kind of player who learns to use the whole field later in his career. He looked good as a Red for a short period and as a Cub. And he does throw well.
The idea that these catchers, and Frazier, and Cozart, and Phillips will all hit sufficiently next year IMO is a dream. Funny, this post sees the Reds with six locked in positions. I see exactly two. Who knows?
One approach is to say, well, sign two major guys (maybe Choo plus one) and improve the bench.
Another approach is to platoon (generally speaking) a few positions. Get good platoon players for CF, 3B, SS, add a Navarro. Strict lefty/righty or otherwise. Or maybe LF, maybe 2B after a trade.
I really have no opinion on this, there are several ways to approach it. But the objective is to be able to field a deeper lineup of average or above starting hitters every day.
Not looking for the Big Red Machine, this team is pitching based. But just more solid contributing hitters whether regulars or platoons.