Originally Posted by M2
Fortunately the Reds contractually can't agree with you. Donald is on the major league roster and he's out of options. You'd have to assume the team traded for him to use him. Meanwhile Izturis is a NRI looking to latch on. Unless Donald flames out in ST, he's got the job.
No, you wouldn't have to assume that at all. The Reds did not "trade for Jason Donald." He was merely a "throw-in" when they traded for Shin-Soo Choo. Obviously the Reds would not have gone out and signed Cesar Izturis and probably told his agent he has a good chance of making the 25-man roster as a NRI if they were completely sold on Jason Donald making the team. I think the Reds like having Donald in spring training to see what he can do, but to act like he's a lock to make the roster just because he was a throw-in in the Choo deal is one heck of a reach, IMO. The Reds have zero risk attached to Jason Donald. If they feel Izturis is the better option, they won't think twice about sending Donald packing.