Originally Posted by dougdirt
I really wonder if people outside of Reds nation know something we don't about the signing (picking up the option) of Hatteberg and what it means for Votto.... he really isn't going to start over Votto is he?
I'm guessing depending on what happens with Hatteberg before the season starts -- Dusty has a penchant for playing able veterans. Hatteberg is in no means bad, so I see him getting the majority of the playing time at 1B if he is indeed on the team. I think their projection for at bats for Votto is close to right, maybe a little on the high side depending if Hatteberg is here the whole season.
What I find even more interesting is their projections for Bailey, Cueto, and Maloney. If their projections are close to what the FO is expection and the Reds want to contend this season, I am beginning to think that they will bring someone with experience on. Not sure as to why they haven't included Volquez in this -- I was sure he'd be listed, maybe they either wrote this article before the trade or simply don't consider him a prospect any longer.