Originally Posted by Emin3mShady07
1. Gerald Laird is not very good at the plate and I would hate to see the reds throw away a decent prospect to get him. His offense is very poor. He OPSed .727 last year and .627 the year before not to mention his career high OBP in the majors is .332. Hanigan has a career OPS of .754 in the minors with a .382 OBP (which is more important than slugging) to go with it. Why not save the money and play a guy who will most likely be just as good if not better. In his only complete year in AAA Hanigan had an OPS of .811 last year. Laird has a career .789 OPS against lefties but is playing less than hald a season worth $3 million and a good prospect or two? Not in my opinion
2. Laird isn't anything special on defense either. It has been proven that catchers really don't have a huge impact on what a pitching staff does
(the writers of baseball between the numbers dedicated a chapter to that). And He isn't a blocking wizard either http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/200...-block-percent
so I really don't see why the reds should waste a good prospect on him.
I think it is an overstatement to say that this has been proven. I have not read the chapter or the book you are refering to, but I think it is impossible to "prove" that something like that either exists or does not exist. Just because there are no numbers to suggest that it exists does not mean that it doesn't. It just means that no one has found stats that back it up. There was a time that you could say that there is no proof that walks help a team win almost as much as hits, but then all sorts of new stats came out that suggested that they do. We are at just the beginning of understanding defensive stats, and I really believe that in the next few years, we will understand them like we understand offensive one.
Anyway, I do agree that there is no need to spend resources on acquiring him, unless he is like Mike Matheny or one of the Molina brothers. I have no idea how good he is behind the plate. I have seen like one Ranger game in the last two years.
Hanigan is fine for next year, and the Reds would be fine with a player like Bako backing him up, as long he doesn't get as much playing time as Bako got last year.