Originally Posted by mth123
I don't think he could get anything all that valuable. If he could get a decent LOOGY (better than Manny Parra), a decent Utility IF who isn't a complete waste withe the bat (think Adam Rosales) or somebody's 10 to 15 prospect coupled with saving a couple million dollars and clearing the path for Mesoraco, I think it's time. He'll be 33/34 next season.
As for Hanigan's offense: (in Response to Steve who makes a lot of good points on a regular basis)
2010 .834 OPS
2011 .714 OPS
2012 .703 OPS
2013 .530 OPS
He'll be 33 in August and looking at his best seasons in the rearview mirror. If Barnhart isn't ready, low cost vets who can back-up catcher are around. Hanigan could play that role, but I think as long as he's here, Mes won't ever get full claim to the job. I'd move him and stash a low cost vet at AAA a la Dioner Navarro whie giving Barnhart first crack at the back-up job.
I'm a big fan of Barnhart's and agree that FO thinking needs to start looking toward the future beyond Hanigan. Just one point about Hanigan's stats. He obviously was seriously hurting when the season opened; he couldn't open his left side at all at the plate. It was completely unsurprising the injury was left oblique. When he came back, he hit quite well for a stretch, now has fallen way off again in the last 10 games, making one wonder if again he's having a lot of pain. So the OPS drop needs to be treated with all that in mind. On the other hand, injury and speed of recovery from injury are all age-related matters, particularly for catchers. He's now, like the rest of us, an older version of himself and that needs to be taken into account.