Originally Posted by RedEye
For some reason, I don't worry about RP acquisitions affecting team chemistry as much. Theirs is a more interchangeable lifestyle from year to year, it seems, just as it is in actual games. Position players like Hanigan, though, not as much. He's been a major player on the Reds for the last several years, and has had a huge impact on the rotation -- whether that is just a personality familiarity thing or something traceable to actual performance, his demotion / relegation to bench or minor league duty would have an effect on the team IMO.
Unfortunately for Walt, he has tough decisions to make. Your point about Hanigan and chemistry is good, but what if he comes back and still doesn't hit?
Walt has to consider the condition of the injured guys; the demands made by trade partners; the impact of player move on team defense and chemistry; plus financial considerations. Tough job right now.
One thing we share around here is that we wish him good luck.