Sign him to a minor leauge deal so he can teach all the kids how to grow a real mustache.
Castillo would be ok except the primary role is hitting in pinch hit situations. Usually that's not a spot for a rookie.
As much as I cannot stand the thought of Jacque Jones on this team, even he is a better option off the bench from the lefty side than Javy Valentin.
But that doesn't change the fact that the Reds did not adequately replace Javy on this squad. A lefty hitter off the bench is a basic part of any major league roster. The Reds' candidates are long shots.
Javy was a valuable player for the Reds at one point. He hit very well in 2005, for example. I know that's not the prevailing view around here.
But Javy's time with the club is over. I'm not advocating his return. Time to move on.
When I look at Jones' 2008 and spring 2009; and when I look at Nix's lifetime major league record; I am not convinced that the Reds have adequately filled the LH hitting spot for the bench.
We'll see whether the Reds go with Nix. We may know tomorrow when the team makes cuts. He has power but also has a high K/BB ratio, even in the minor leagues.
The question is whether he can succeed with limited playing time and in pinch hitting performances. IMO the guys best suited to that role are usually veteran hitters who are patient and make contact. Nix doesn't seem to be that type, but if they keep him I'll root him on.
My argument is that the Reds are better b/c of addition by subtraction, and that we have guys just as good, if not better, to be the LH PH than Javy Valentin.
... plus the fact the Reds had other dire, pressing needs to address than a LH PH, and they punted on most, if not all of them.
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