Originally Posted by dougdirt
Keeping him as a back up, absolutely a waste. If they want to go 50-50 on the playing time, I am more on board to keeping him. But if the plan is to once again use him 35-40% of the time, and fully limit him to two pitchers, just trade him. That plan is terrible.
Last year was the first year Hanigan was able to stay healthy throughout the entire season. Couple that with Hanigan being one of the only Reds not named Joey Votto who knew how to find first base on a consistent basis. Mesoraco got his chance and unfortunately for him he didn't capitalize upon it. His playing time decreased after July when it became apparent that the Reds wanted to get Navaro some at bats heading towards the playoffs.
I absolutely had zero problem with the way the Reds handled Mesoraco. Catcher was a position of strength last season on a team that went to the playoffs. When it became apparent that Hanigan was going to catch in the playoffs and Navaro was a better bat off the bench than Mesoraco, his PT began to diminish.