Originally Posted by Plus Plus
Doesn't playing the guy who has shown across the minor leagues, with excellent, Votto-lite peripherals, that he can be the middle of the order RH bat that Gotham deserves count as putting the team in a position to succeed?
Is settling for a guy who could be the main character in Casey at the Bat as the primary backup to a catcher who is going to be 33 this season, has missed time with injury in previous years, and could be entering his decline years putting the team in the best situation to win pennants?
Four comments/ questions:
1) You think Mesoraco is going to be Votto good? Wow. That's... definitely a comment that deserves some analysis.
2) Prospects-- even those with excellent perephials-- fail. Often.
3) With what injuries has Hanigan missed time/ is brittle? Hanigan's been remarkably healthy, IIRC, and done yoeman's work behind the plate.
4) Hanigan is, IMO, underrated by you especially and the rest of baseball generally. He's a great defensive catcher who boosts his pitching staff's numbers and has done so for a fairly long stretch of time.
Hanigan is the devil you know-- above average to well above average. A Gold Glove caliber defender with a good obp.
Mesoraco is the devil you don't. He's struggled both offensively and defensively at the major league level, with pitchers unwilling to pitch to him. He owns an uppercut swing that's long and full of holes. He gets down on himself easily. Perhaps he rediscovers a swing that allowed him to hit a bunch of minor league home runs at the major league level. Perhaps he doesn't. Perhaps he finds a way to make himself tougher and more agreeable for his pitchers. Perhaps he finds a better glove.
That's a lot of perhapses.