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.
That plan helped the Reds win the pennant last season, doug.
Mesoraco had a chance. He didn't produce in his chance. Therefore, he doesn't deserve more time. Hanigan produced in his limited time before he got more time. Why should Mesoraco simply be given ABs? It's not like his talent is unquestionable.
This isn't the Lost Decade, where Cincinnati is basically hoping to find diamonds and willing to lose major league games. There were better options than Mesoraco last season-- Hanigan and Navarro. (BTW, had Mesoraco produced as the Reds needed, he'd have had 250 ABs; however, because he didn't produce, he was sent down.)
I don't want my team to possibly lose the pennant or a wild card to possibly develop a prospect. That's not what major league teams are supposed to do.