Originally Posted by Steve4192
If he is dead-set on doing both, I'd rather use him in the same role he is used to this season. Sticking him at DH is basically the same thing as telling him they have no intention of giving him a fair shot as a position player. I'm sure the Reds would rather have him happy than grousing about not being given an opportunity to prove himself as a position player.
A half-season of relief work isn't going to do him any harm. Let him have his way in Billings then spend the offseason trying to convince him that his best chance to earn millions of dollars is with his arm, not his bat.
I'd be ok with relief and some position time. Heck, in relief he may be ready for a higher levels. Pensacola sure doesn't have anybody standing in his way. He could pitch and play an OF corner and his pitching may be a revelation that would get him to the majors quickly. He might be a better option than some of the guys in the Reds pen right now.