Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Mesoraco was part of a 40-60 plan. He didn't hit, the Reds were in the playoff/ pennant hunt, so he had to be sent down.
That hurt his AB total. This same AB total is apparenty what many posters on Redszone are up in arms about.
There seems to be five distinct plans on Redszone:
1) Give Mesoraco the majority of the ABs, with Hanigan as a backup in the hopes of him becoming a Brian McCann/ Matt Wieters.
2) Share the position 50/50, with the hope that Mesoraco becomes more hte major league version his minor league numbers suggest he might be.
3) Same 60/40 plan as last season, with Mesoraco earning more PT as he produces at the major league level.
4) Move Mesoraco to AAA for less pressure ABs, with Olivo playing Hanigan's caddy.
5) Move Mesoraco and every other prospect out of town because it's obvious the Reds don't value prospects or what they can bring.
I'm in favor of number three, as is woy, and, I think, edabbs.
I'll take the blame for not making myslef clear.
Here's what I think.
I'm not for trading prospects because I think the Reds don't value them enough. I'm for using prospects in the best way they help the team. Sometimes that means playing them over "established" players. Sometimes that means stashing them for later, and sometimes that means trading them.
In Mes' case, I don't think there is anything more he can do in AAA. If the Reds think that Hannigan is the answer at catcher the next season or two than fine. But that leaves what to do with Mes. I had the opinion last year that Mes would struggle in the back up role. He had been the best player on every team he ever played on going back to t-ball. Not everyone can handle being a back up. I couldn't when I played, so I quit. The reds are going to contend for the next few years, if Mes is going to be a back up, I'd assume trade him for need. If this is going to be the big chance for the title, and with Choo in for one year this would seem to be, I'd go all in.
Same with Hamilton. As opposed to Mes, I think the Reds have done an excellent job developing, and hyping, Hamilton. That being said, I can easily see him becoming Corey Patterson or Willy Taveras. His biggest asset to the team may be in helping being someone else in.