Re: Official Trade Deadline Thread
Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
I think Paul's luck has run out and would like to see his role reduced. I'd also like to see Choo sit more against LHP with Heisey taking those PAs. Doumit could mix in at several spots and wouldn't create a logjam when Ludwick returns but could caddy for him. Mesoraco has been banged up himself and may need his own DL stint when Hanigan comes back and there is no guarantee that they won't be fighting these problems the rest of the year and Doumit may be part of the tandem until Sept or even the rest of the year. IMO adding a 3rd guy to the mix who won't be wasted when the others are healthy makes a lot of sense. There is no shortage of guys who he could provide an upgrade to and there isn't a guarantee that Ludwick won't have a setback just like Marshall, Cueto and Heisey have already had this year. Doumit would provide insurance at a lot of spots and won't turn into a wasted acquisition if they all come back. As long as he doesn't cost much talent, he's an upgrade to several guys on the roster.
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