Frankly I think Bats fans will be pleased with his work. I don't think he's on the ML team.
Last year, for most of the year, the Reds had only four outfielders and (obviously) only one backup outfielder, Heisey. Then, later in the season, Xavier Paul came up and then in September the whole roster expanded.
I'm interested to see how the Reds fix their bench. Obviously, Cairo and Valdez will be gone. Presumably Mesoraco/Hanigan will consume one bench spot. That leaves the OF, which right now would be Heisey and XPaul.
I would like to see the Reds use the bench to help with offensive balance. I would keep Paul and add another LH hitter or switch hitter.
I'm not a big Heisey fan, I'd rather see them add some OBP with his spot, but the Reds seem to like him and I wouldn't be shocked if he's back.
The Cairo/Valdez spots really hurt offensively last year, as did Mes, and we can debate Heisey. Paul was good. Burriss, a switch hitter, would help with balance but may be too weak a hitter to help very much.
Last edited by Kc61; 11-24-2012 at 01:24 PM.
I'd take a gamble on Burris, if only because he's never played in a park like The GABP. Add a wRC+ near of 85 to a plus glove, and you've got a near league average backup hitter. And that's something hardly anyone has.
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-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
Yet, the one thing you'd really want from a PH is that he gets on base, churns the batting order. And he's short there.
I'd like to add a professional on-base-getter like Overbay or Abreau, along with Paul, Heisey, catcher, backup IF.
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