By blocking him even longer, it's getting into a situation similar to Andy Laroche. Andy should be solid, but LA has blocked him with Nomah, and there are rumors the could get Inge. You need to give him a chance. Votto was blocked for too long last year, and there are no reasons to block him again. Hatty's overall numbers were good, but he struggled hitting away from GABP and also hitting lefties. It's not reasonable to expect another career year from him.
Also Keppinger should start the season as the SS with Gonzo out. I have a feeling Rosales will make the team as the Utility player. Would you rather have Rosales shoot up ahead of Votto in the depth chart at 1B?
Delgado reinjured his hip again, and this raises questions over how healthy he is. A Hatty trade makes sense for both clubs towards the end ST. I think a trade could happen. Hatty is cheap and is a low risk for another team.
I agree with the general premise of the thread starter.
If Dusty sticks Castro and Freel and Hatteberg in the starting lineup over Keppinger, Bruce, and Votto................I'm not watching that crap.
Who's on first?
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