Originally Posted by mth123
Not really, they are perfect complements to each other in a platoon that would OPS in the .750 range if platooned properly (while playing stellar defense at 3B). If Bruce, Votto or Ludwick go down (the 3, 4, or 5 hitters) I want that platoon on the bench ready to step in (with Frazier moving around defensively). Its a way better option than Heisey, Paul or Hannahan playing every day or even being mixed and matched.
1. Why does anybody in this thread have any confidence in Rolen staying healthy/productive if he is featured in a platoon due to injury?
2. The scenario people keep mentioning about a Hannahan/Rolen platoon with Frazier going to the OF only applies if Ludwick gets hurt. If Choo or Bruce gets hurt, Ludwick or Frazier aren't playing RF or CF.
3. MOST IMPORTANTLY in the event of injury to a starter, Hannahan, Donald, and HRod are all members of the 40 man who could play 3rd. Paul, Heisey, Frazier, Lutz, and YRod are the only options in case of injury at 3 positions. I don't know for certain if the Reds risk losing Paul if he isn't on the 25 man, but if it is a risk it's one you absolutely can't take.
4. Who's off the 40 man? Partch? Ravin? Soto? Masset?