Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
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.
I think Donald is a near lock to make the Reds' roster out of spring training.
Reds could have asked the Indians for a number of other secondary players in the trade. They took Donald, and signed Hannahan, both with major league deals. They did so in the wake of disastrous offensive years by Cairo and Valdez.
I think the only way Donald doesn't make the team is if the Reds conclude he really can't play. Even if Izturis has a better spring, I think Donald makes the ballclub absent a disastrous showing in the spring.
I'd guess Izturis knows that he is probably beginning at AAA, but is the first choice to bolster the infield in case of injury or if somebody fails to perform.
Not saying Donald stays up if he does badly. He could get sent down later. But I strongly believe Donald makes the ballclub out of spring training.