Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1
I'd actually prefer the Reds jettison Hatteberg. I really like Hatte, but Patterson is a better bench option than Hatte is at this juncture. Cutting Hatte would also be a smaller financial loss.
Of course, if the Reds keep Patterson, the temptation for Baker to continue using him regularly is still there.
That might be the move because Hatteberg struggles with pinch hitting and limited playing time, along with that lower priced contract. Plus Hatteberg is locked into playing one position and the Reds have several fillers to fill in at first base, and Hatterberg would probably like to have an opportunity to catch on where he might get more playing time naturally.
Dusty has been working a long time with Patterson clear back to Patterson's early days with Chicago, he always believed in him. I would like to see that relationship split up.