Re: Reds Re-Sign 1B/3B Mike Costanzo and OF Welinton Ramirez
I didn't want to sidetrack the Minor League Transactions thread so I chose to bump this thread to discuss Mike Costanzo.
Several posters say they preferred to have Costanzo bumped to AAA over Henry Rodriguez to play third base every day while Frazier is in the bigs. I just wanted to ask why? Costanzo has never OPSed over .824 in a minor league season and that number is so high because he OPSed .965 in independent ball when he was 26 in 2010. In 173 PAs in AAA last year, he posted a whopping .630 OPS.
I get that he may be a nice guy, but why bump this guy to AAA when you have a top prospect at AA who has shown he can play the position defensively and has shown some real offensive potential and results in AA? Furthermore, it's not like the Reds are set at third base.
I think the Reds really missed out by calling Costanzo up to AAA instead of Henry Rodriguez.