Originally Posted by mdccclxix
Let's look at who the Reds might want to PH for against a RHRP:
Heisey (when he plays)
Cozart (weak SS bench prohibits the idea mostly)
Hannigan (perhaps in an extra inning game)
Ludwick (handles RHP okay)
Of course the pitching spot is always going to need pinch hitting, but I'd think Heisey, Frazier, Ludwick, or Choo (when any is on the bench) would face RHP before Paul. Maybe not always, but you get the picture. Paul could easily turn into Willie Harris and need-a-miracle-walk-or-slap-a-single-cold-off-the-bench type of disappointment.
You keep avoiding the question. The Reds need a competent LH bat to come off the bench and face tough RHPs. Paul could turn into Willie Harris last year or he could turn into Willie Harris for a decade before that.
But if not Paul, then who? If you don't have an answer, then Xavier Paul needs to be on the 25-man roster.