Originally Posted by M2
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.
Career OPS VS. RHP
Xavier Paul .713 with a .338 BABIP
Jack Hannahan .681 with a .289 BABIP
Normalize the BABIP and they are the same guy. Why is Paul considered a "competent LH bat" while Hannahan is dismissed as though he doesn't exist?
IMO, Hannahan is labeled a defensive guy because he's got a really good glove. Paul, OTOH, doesn't stand out defensively so he's labeled a "competent LH bat." Reality is that these guys are very similar offensively.
If a potent LH bat on the bench is essential, time to sign Jim Thome or Jason Giambi. Otherwise, I don't think Paul's LH bat should have such an influence on the make-up of the roster. Paul is an OK 25th man, but his LH bat is not worth bypassing a better guy for. Hannahan can provide the same thing. Heisey, or whoever of the other four OF who isn't starting, would probably be preferable against a RHP than either of them.