Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I would rather go with the guy who might not be terrible instead of the guy we already know is terrible.
Once a guy has proven to be really, really bad like Valdez you don't ask a good prospect to prove he is better. Chances are very good that Gregorius is better than Wilson Valdez. He is certainly not worse.
Whether Valdez is the worst player in the majors or almost the worst player in the majors is beside the point really. Either way you don't want him on the post-season roster.
Reds team has won 91 games with some marginal players on the roster.
I don't think the Reds will start picking and choosing among September callups to re-make the roster for the post season. A guy like Valdez (or Gregorius) wouldn't play much in the post-season anyway.
It's not Walt's style or Dusty's style to start introducing new rookies at this point. They value experience and continuity. Valdez has been with the team all season.
I don't even think Gregorius will make the club out of spring training next year. I think the Reds view him as still developing at AAA at this point and in need of regular at bats.
I can see Navarro making the post-season as a veteran catcher, and maybe Hoover as a bat misser who was sent down in a roster crunch. Those are the late season additions I can see making the post-season. Not Didi this year IMO.