Originally Posted by malcontent
No problem, Larkin88. Maybe we're all just on edge these days for some reason. I know I am.
Anyways, I just hated to see Grandal go when the trade went down, and said so at the time. Would rather have seen Mesoraco traded, but I assume that I'm in a small minority there.
If we wait for a couple years to evaluate everything, who's going to resurrect the thread(s) that bear out my keen insight? And an old guy like myself might not be around to enjoy it anyhow.
Fair enough. It's just tough to know what we really gave up in that package and probably even harder to know what we actually have in Mat Latos, so just seems tricky to start declaring it a win or a loss.
For the record, I was definitely not happy to see Yas go too. Along with super utility guys, I have a sort of inexplicable fascination with switch hitters in the game.
One thing that I try to keep in perspective is that Yasmani played collegiately at Miami where he even hit .400 in a season. Typically prospects out of college gain traction in the minors quicker than prospects out of high school (as Mesoraco was). So, in spite of their same age Grandal probably is further along than Mesoraco from a sheer player development standpoint than Mes was during his early minor league stint. It's also not surprising to see Grandal advance through the ranks at a quicker pace as he did.
All that said, Mesoraco's toolset projects to make his upside every bit the slash line you just shared. His arm strength is better than Grandal's ever was and with more seasoning in the majors, that will make him more valuable behind the dish.
In 2010, Mes had a 302/.377/.587 slash line with 26 HRs in about 400 at-bats. Blow Yasmani's current line out to 400 at-bats and it probably looks similar, with probably a little less power. When it's a six one way half dozen the other situation from a sheer numbers standpoint, you keep the guy with the better tools. I do sincerely believe that is Mesoraco edges Grandal in that sense, switch hitting ability aside. They're both very fine players, though, so I don't say any of that as a slight to Yasmani.
And don't worry. If the Reds end up having made an epic blunder in that trade, someone will always
remind you of it here. Case in point: Josh Hamilton