Originally Posted by Kc61
Really couldn't disagree more, the objective is not to "find out what Mes can do." This isn't some stranger. The Reds have followed him and worked with him for years in the minors and last year in the majors. They are managers, coaches, scouts. I think they know the player pretty well.
If this was the case, the decesion has already been made and nothing he does in spring training should matter. And I'm fine with that.
The objective, rather, is to develop the player into a major league starter. My proposal is designed to do that. Be patient, let Mes succeed at AAA after a tough 2012, then give him the full major league shot.
Dusty has said that Mes' confidence is shot. Sending him to purgatory isn't going to help that.
I think the objective is SLIGHTLY different. Yes I agree that the idea is to develop the player into a major league starter. That doesn't mean it has to be THIS player.
If the Reds can flip Mes for need, that does the same thing. I think sending him down would hurt his trade value.
Give him the first half of the season, hope like heck he produces. Then make the decesion to keep or trade him.