In other threads I've suggested releasing LaRue. Granted, he's probably more athletic than the other catchers, arguably throws better, and perhaps handles the staff somewhat better. But his defensive assets are only narrowly better than the other two guys. And those assets haven't gotten the Reds into first place.
And his -- and presently the whole team's -- offense is so feeble that he is just robbing the other two of plate appearances that could make the difference in so many games.
For example, look at the splits showing Ross and LaRue hitting against LHP and Valentin against RHP.
Player -- OBP -- SLG -- AVG
D Ross .500 1.059 .412 – against LHP
J LaRue 314 .364 .205 -- against LHP
Valentin.289 .424 .252 -- against RHP
And LaRue's even done worse against RHP; Narron should easily be able to pick and choose much better match-ups if he had only Ross and Valentin to use.
Ross has only gotten 182 AB and Valentin just 156, with LaRue "using up" 166 AB that could have gone to the other two catchers. If there had only been David and Javy behind the plate this season, I believe that it would be the Cards chasing the Reds at this point and not the other way around.
Dumping Jason would open up a roster spot for however it could be best used. Some of us have suggested centerfield types like Denorfia to give the starting OFers some much needed down time during the stretch drive.
Who would be more valuable between now and the playoffs, Deno orJason?