Originally Posted by AmarilloRed
It seems to me that with the injury to Bruce, there is nothing wrong with signing Patterson to a minor league deal. It does not mean Bruce will start at AAA, or that Patterson will make the 25 man roster. It does mean there is a good chance Dickerson will start the year at AAA. Corey Patterson has some good points and bad points. He can play good defense in CF, and has the ability to steal a base. The rest of his offensive numbers are pretty pathetic, however, and I do not see him as anything other than a late-inning defensive replacement.Now lets all stop drinking the evil
and back away from the cliff.
So the Reds will carry Patterson AND Bruce AND Hopper AND Freel? The Reds are lefty heavy with Hatty/Valentine as backups. I'd guess Freel/Hopper are backups/platoons in the OF.
Patterson making the team = Bruce in AAA. The Reds won't keep 3 backup OF on the roster. Patterson would get most of the playing time because he's a lefty facing RHP. And because he's a speedy CF, he'd bat leadoff or 2nd.
Here's the point. If he's a replacement, who starts in CF? Will Dusty give Hopper/Freel At bats against RHP when Patterson could play?