Re: Reds catching 2013 and after
The Reds could literally cut Ryan Hanigan from the team today and they would still be the easy favorites on paper to win this division. Ryan Hanigan is not the reason this team is going to be successful. He is a very good catcher, don't get me wrong, but he isn't so much more valuable than a guy like Mesoraco, or any other "average" level catcher that it is what will keep this team from winning.
If the issue is "game calling" then your coaches and scouts aren't doing their job.
Mesoraco rated out as an above-average defender last year. He had some moments that weren't good, but overall, he was solid.
Personally, I don't think sending Mesoraco to AAA will really do much good for him at this point.
I also believe that the strict Hanigan/Mesoraco catching their "guys" does a disservice to both catchers and the pitchers. Both catchers need to know the pitchers in case there is an injury. How terrible would it be if somehow Hanigan got hurt on October 1st and then Mesoraco had to catch Cueto/Latos/Chapman/Bailey (pick your group that he hasn't caught from there) for the first time all year long in the playoffs? Sounds like a terrible plan doesn't it?
Go 50-50. Give Mesoraco an actual chance to survive. Last season, he had back to back starts twice in the first three months of the season. That isn't giving someone a chance. Mix and match the catchers. Let them both catch everyone. Let them both get a few starts in a row here and there. Keep both guys fresh. They aren't the reason our pitching staff is so good.