Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
That's my general take.
Like tr said, Izturis is a cheap insurance rider. And I think he's primarily insurance for Cozart in case the kid gets injured or suffers some sort of horrific sophomore slump. Dioner Navarro had a similar gig last season, eventually making the majors when Mes couldn't get himself going.
I also think the Reds want a solid defense in AAA with Cingrani and Corcino likely headed there.
And then there's the you-never-know factor, which plays into most every NRI.
As an aside, this Cesar Izturis vs. Jason Donald debate has the makings of a very RedsZoney thread, so I encourage people to make a few hundred more posts on this topic.