Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Hatteberg can also serve as the emergency third catcher, which is good to have. Of course, this also gives a reasonable option to play first if Dunn is traded -- a little leverage if you will.
I'm also glad that we're finally looking at backups who are legitimate major leaguers rather than guys like Cruz who are the absolute definition of replacement level.
That says it all. How long has it been that we actually signed a backup player that just might contribute? I know, Joe Randa, but he was temporary from the get-go and put up huge numbers against his career statistics while he was here. If this is the kind of backup player our new GM is after, this is quite a change. And for the better. Instead of hoping Jacob Cruz can backup whoever, we have a guy who's played the position and pretty well. A real major leaguer.
As for trading Kearns, pena, or Dunn, I don't know. It seems to state a doubt that all three of the outfielders will be healthy all season. If that happens, you move Dunn to the OF and plug in Hatteburg at first and off you go. That kind of thinking didn't exist under O'Brien.
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