Originally Posted by SweetLou1990
I don't understand this at all. Mes isn't the future. The future is NOW, & its not about 1 player, its about production at every position. Right NOW, Hanigan is the clear cut favorite, rid him 3~4 starts per rotation. If he is the future of the catcher spot, send him to AAA to survive, to produce for the long term. Hanigan is a reason the Reds will be successful in 2013.
I really don't believe that Hanigan is the clear cut favorite unless we look at what the manager wants. Mesoraco projects to be the better hitter, this year. Hanigan is the better defender. Both guys rated out as above-average last year. So the question becomes, is the advantage that Hanigan has defensively worth more than the offensive value Mesoraco could have? I don't know, that depends on the playing time split and what exactly it is that you think the value of the defense/offense is for each guy. But I really don't think it is some clear cut choice if you really break it down.
Hanigan is a reason the Reds will be successful in 2013. But he isn't the reason. He is replaceable. He isn't Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips or even Jay Bruce. He is Zack Cozart or Todd Frazier. Except he doesn't play every day.