Originally Posted by Kc61
I'm on record as saying the Reds should start to promote AAA guys for the bench. I don't see great value from most of the Reds' bench players, and I think some of the AAA guys can make an impact.
As for Mesoraco, however, on reflection I'd probably wait for September. I wouldn't trade Hernandez or Hanigan right now.
Mes is only 22. Catching is a difficult position. I would rather let him grow at AAA for the rest of the minor league season and then get him up in Sept.
If the Reds fall out of the race, then I feel differently. But right now, let's keep the veteran guys at the major league level, let Devin keep learning at AAA, and pull the trigger when September comes around.
Generally I tend to agree with this sentiment (promoting AAA guys for the bench) although in this case, I'd say Hanigan, Cairo, and Heisey are among the best backups in the league. Seeing that Hanigan and Heisey make virtually the league minimum, I'd say that's pretty good value.