Originally Posted by mth123
Paul had a whopping 92 PAs against RHP in 2012 with a .385 BABIP. Journeyman AAAA player. He's ok as a 25th man.
Yes. There's some chance he will continue to hit RHP well. Also a chance he will fall off.
If Paul falls off the Reds should look for another LH hitter in a minor trade, or on the waiver wire. Or they can try the minors. Fellhauer is a good lefty hitter to try for the bench, if he is ready.
But I wouldn't sign Rolen to go north out of spring training.
He's frequently injured. He creates an overload at one position. He hits righty. And if there's a major injury, and if Frazier comes off third, Hannahan is the primary replacement.
Yes, 30 percent of the time, in the long-term injury scenario, the Reds will need a righty platoon at third base. I'll take my chances that the Reds can fill that limited role if it happens.
I like the current balance. I would prefer to avoid oft injured players. Admire Rolen, but would prefer to go in a different direction now.