Edd Roush (03-10-2014)
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
The Reds have two starting hitters who can't hit a .290 OBP. Their main outfield reserve swings at almost everything. Their third baseman's OPS dropped 108 points last year.
Yet all the criticism is on a guy who hardly plays, is now hurt, and usually hits better than last season.
Enough Hannahan bashing IMO.
(Referring to Jack Hannahan signing with a Korean team)
Since there are no teams on the moon, I guess South Korea's far enough from Cincinnati to satisfy me.
Before last season, I had Hannahan on my list of possibles that the Reds should go after. Lefty Bat with a glove seemed a perfect tandem guy for Frazier's RH bat and still unknown glove. The Reds were in a payroll bind in 2013, so they signed Hannahan for two years and deferred half of the cost in a form of a buy-out. That means the Reds still owe $3 Million at this point. I get trying to get something for that, but the only cost associated with cutting bait would be the cost of his replacement on the roster. Given the alternatives, Bernadina, Soto etc, I don't see how cutting bait would bust the budget. I'm guessing that the Reds still think that Hannahan is the best option if Frazier gets hurt and misses a significant amount of time. They may be right about that. I just don't like the idea of Having to carry Hannahan and another back-up MI as well. One of those spots should go to a bat.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
HANNAHAN UPDATE: Jack Hannahan will go with the team to Camelback Ranch tomorrow for the game with the Dodgers. He'll pinch-hit. It will be his first game action of the spring.
Hannahan is coming off offseason shoulder surgery. That curtailed Price's plan for him.
"We're hoping he'd be physically ready because we wanted him to spend time at all the infield positions and maybe play some left field," Price said. "He's not ready to defend yet with his throwing arm."
Price is big on players playing multiple positions.
"We've been playing guys at their second and third position to see what value they provide," Price said. "I know Jack hasn't played a great deal of shortstop in the big leagues, however, if you need a guy to play over there for a game or two, it would be nice to know he's capable. It's just finding a different way to rest your regulars and get your bench guys at-bats."
Now if they really think he could play ss for a game or two that changes things dramatically.
Schumaker (cf, lf, 2b)
Heisey (cf, lf, rf)
Bernadina (cf, lf, rf)
Hannahan (3b, 1b, ss)
There. Every position with a backup. Santiago to Louisville for an emergency call up if Cozart is injured.
I like the looks of that bench a lot.
Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement. --- Shunryu Suzuki-roshi
Unlikely yes. But Price said he wants to find out if Hannahan can play SS
Hannahan is a vet, so Price isn't going to say it out loud, and they're not going to let him go without letting him play in some games and show that he's healthy again.
I think ultimately Hannahan is gone and Bernadina stays. Yes, even with his contract.
Why should Bernadina replace Hannahan? Because he's new and hasn't yet encountered the slings and arrows of RedsZone?
They have the same lifetime OPS, Bernadina .666, Hannahan .665. But what have they done recently? Hannahan had a bad 2013, .605. But Bernadina's was worse, .545. Both good fielders.
The real question, as some posters note, is whether the Reds need to keep Santiago who hit .555 and .586 OPS the last two seasons. Whether they can live without a true shortstop on the bench. And whether they can upgrade the bench in a deal before the season begins.