Re: Tony Campana DFA'd
Campana strikes me as a potentially useful bench player. Comparing him to the average starting OF misses the mark a bit. Yes, starting OFs are generally much more effective hitters. Yet Campana is not an automatic out, he can run and he can field. I guarantee you that some team can use that. He'd certainly look good chasing flies in CF for the Reds in the 9th inning.
He was .301/.356/.350 in the minors. The primary job of a PH is to not make an out (really that goes for all hitters, but doubly so for PHs). If he's able to bottle that in the majors, then he'll be a cult hero. The tricky part is that the job of bench player doesn't lend itself to consistency. By definition you get small sample size seasons that exaggerate your hot and cold streaks. Plus, it's irregular work and it can take multiple seasons for guys who've spent their whole lives playing every day to adjust to that.
If the Reds want to take a flyer on Campana, I'd have no problem with it. Essentially he'd be competing with Xavier Paul for that LH PH/spare OF/PR job. Nothing wrong with competition. Hot hand wins. Whether that competition is worth whatever short-term roster implications it might have is another question.
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