Devin Mesoraco or Miguel Olivo?
We already know that Ryan Hanigan will make the club out of spring training. Which other catcher will make the team? Of course, Mesoraco should be the obvious choice, in my not-even-remotely humble opinion. Guess what?
Mesoraco may not be the obvious choice:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more than likely a three-time race, basically with Hanigan being the frontrunner,Ã¢â‚¬Â Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to decide whether to keep Mesoraco or Olivo. …
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Olivo has a lot of experience,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The one draw back is heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s non-roster. You really, really have to play your way on to take somebody off and expose them (to waivers). I know heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s super strong. He has a real good throwing arm. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve known him a long time. He brings a lot of energy to the game.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Okay, much ado about nothing, in my opinion. Olivo isn’t going to make this team, barring injury. He’ll head to Louisville and be available if needed later.
Am I being too optimistic?
Update: Jason here, presumably Chad won’t mind if I point out this piece I have up over at ESPN today that partially addresses Mesoraco’s performance last year.