Originally Posted by alwaysawarrior
I seriously doubt the Reds plan going into last year was to get Mes 170 at bats and send him to the minors. If that was the plan it did in fact suck. I happen to like Hanigan behind the plate, but I'd like to see what Mes can do with a real chance. I'm just amazed by people who see less than 200 at bats and thinks he was given ample time....
Nobody said that was the plan.
The Reds plan last year was for Mes to have the lesser share of the catcher position, as an apprenticeship of sorts. Obviously, they didn't plan to have him go to the minors. That happened after he had difficulties, was suspended, etc.
As for Olivo, he's good enough to be a pure backup catcher. If Mes goes down to AAA, that's what Olivo would be. He'll play once or twice a week depending on the schedule.
As for those who say give Mes X at bats or trade him, why? Just because he's perhaps not ready yet and needs more seasoning is no reason to trade him.