Originally Posted by PuffyPig
I doubt Paul has any chance to beat out Heisey for a roster spot. Paul will always have to prove he belongs, and is likely one sustained slump from being permanently banished to the minors. Heisey is, more or less, guaranteed a roster spot. His power and ability to play all OF spots competently ensures that.
I'm not doubting that you are correct. I am just saying that if I was Walt, I wouldn't guarantee Heisey a roster spot. Heisey really does nothing very well, and his versatility doesn't do much for me. I think Paul may have the better bat now and that's what I want out of that bench spot. Either would be the first pinch hitter off the bench (if the other outfielder was the centerfielder defensive specialist) and therefore, if Paul's bat supremacy beats out Heisey's versatility speciality, I would let Paul take Heisey's roster spot.