Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
This reminds me of people who said Ludwick was a bad signing last year. It turned out to be one of the best value signings in all of MLB. If you just looked at the two seasons Ludwick had before arriving with the Reds (2010-11) you could make it look like the guy was terrible. Fact of the matter is, he had two bad seasons, but his numbers in previous years (his Cardinal days) were much better than what his numbers in San Diego and Pittsburgh indicated.
Now, is Miguel Olivo on par with Ryan Ludwick? Of course not. But the Reds also aren't investing $2.5 million in Olivo like they did with Ludwick last year. The point is Olivo's numbers prior to the past two seasons were actually decent for a catcher. Not good by any means, but not bad for a catcher. And the Reds just signed him for absolutely nothing. There is no risk. People are so quick to discount the fact that Hanigan or Mesoraco (or both) could get hurt. If that happens, give me Olivo as a stop-gap over Corky Miller. I'm sure Walt feels the same way and that's why this move was made. Depth is good.
It isn't like Ludwick at all. Ludwick has actually hit at some point in his career. Before last year, Ludwick had 5 seasons where he was an above-average hitter (OPS+). Miguel Olivo has one in 11 seasons and 10 of those were well below average to absolutely terrible.
Even if he is in AAA, I just don't know that there weren't better FA options on the market to platoon with Corky. Yes, we needed depth there. I just don't believe a terrible hitting, no glove catcher is the guy.