Originally Posted by mth123
Back to Doumit. I think he'd be a fine addition, but i wouldn't use him to Bump Mes or Hanny. Doumit can stand at a alot of spots (whether he can actually filed them is a different question). Adding him now would allow him to replace Corky and share some of the catching load and when Hanigan comes back, I think he'd be a fine guy to stick in LF 2 or 3 times per week. I just have this suspicion that GAB would do for him, on a smaller scale of course, similar things to what it did for Ryan Ludwick. The bench is pretty thin abd his bat would help. I'd guess he'd be one of those 20 PAs per week guys but they don't all come at one position. The thing is, he theoretically plays the positions where the production has been pretty low and IMO he could improve the production at al of them (including a little catching, a little LF, and some late game pop off the bench).
If the idea is for Doumit to play LF when Hanigan is back, I wouldn't do this. I don't see this year's Doumit as much better than Paul/Heisey/DRob. Doumit has a below .300 OBP this year, XMan's is better. Is he better than Heisey? Maybe but Chris has hit lefties well lately and defends left field pretty superbly.
If the Reds are going to upgrade LF, they need somebody better than Doumit. It's true, Doumit could get hot, he's been better previously, but it's a gamble.
Catching? he could certainly add there, that's the Reds biggest weak spot offensively so far. But if you're saying that when Hanigan comes back Doumit rarely catches, then I see no point.
This fear of adding a catcher who will actually catch seems overblown to me. The Reds catchers are hitting so poorly this year, I just don't see the problem adding a catcher who hits and plays 40-50 percent of the time from here on out. A veteran who has worked with pitchers before.