Originally Posted by OGB
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?
While I agree, of course Frazier might move off third if Votto got hurt again. That's a major part of mth's argument.
To me, if the Reds are really concerned about major injury, third base is low priority. They already have Hannahan there. He's a pretty good backup, superb fielder, hits righties decently.
The higher priority would be middle infield. Rather than have three third sackers, concentrate on backing up Cozart and Phillips adequately. Hopefully, Donald or Izturis will do the job, but Rolen doesn't help with that arguably weaker situation.