Originally Posted by dougdirt
From Reds.com today
Devin Mesoraco is hitting .471/.526/.941 for an OPS of 1.467.
Miguel Olivo is hitting .105/.143/.263 for an OPS of .406. Oh and 9 strikeouts against 1 walk in 20 plate appearances.
I know that he probably isn't going to come out and say "Olivo has played terribly", but can't you say that Mesoraco is playing like Barry Bonds and Olivo needs to get things going a little bit? Or something. There is absolutely nothing tough about the decision as it currently stands between those two.
Except it's not nearly as simple as who is having a better spring. Hanigan is going to be the No. 1 catcher and get the majority of starts. The backup is going to get 1-2 starts per week (argue the merits of that arrangement all you want; it's reality). So, is that how you want Mesoraco to spend his season? Or would he be better off getting a full season of at-bats at AAA? Is the difference between Mesoraco and Olivo great enough in those 1-2 starts per week to justify a year of spinning Mesoraco's wheels as a spot player?
We can agree those spring numbers mean nothing, right? That Mes isn't going to be Babe Ruth and Olivo isn't going to be Ruth Ginsburg? That offensive numbers aren't the only thing -- or even the most important thing -- to be considered when deciding on a backup catcher? If we can agree on all those things and the reality of the opportunity with the big-league club (limited), then this decision isn't nearly as clear-cut as you make it out to be.