Well, Norris Hopper is going to the disabled list, it appears, so Chad Moeller will evidently be on the Opening Day roster.

Absolutely foolish to have three catchers with the roster composed as it currently is. Especially so when it’s Chad Moeller, who can’t pinch-hit either. As I said in a comment below, this isn’t an earth-shattering move that is going to keep the Reds from winning the division. In the big picture, it’s fairly insignificant. But that doesn’t make it any less a dumb roster decision.

Of course, if the presence of Chad Moeller means that Dewayne Wise will stay in AAA, I’ll take Moeller. At least Jerry Narron won’t be tempted to put Moeller in the game as a defensive replacement for Adam Dunn during the later innings of close games. Let Wise suck up outs in Louisville, I say. I’d prefer the Reds stick Moeller on the bench and play with 24 players.

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5 Responses

  1. doug

    I would rather have Wise than Moeller. All things being equal, neither of them can hit their way out of a wet paper bag. Wise though can play decent defense or pinch run.
    With out outfield being composed of Griffey and Freel, neither of which can play every day, Josh Hamilton is the only back up really. We need another outfielder as bad as we dont need to carry 3 catchers.

  2. Chad

    Your point is well-taken.

    My point is that I don’t want either of those stiffs sucking up outs for my favorite team. I just figure that Narron would be tempted to play Wise more than Moeller, so he’d be more likely to hurt the Reds. If Wise were only pinch-running, maybe I could live with him. But if he’s in there for defense, he’s going to get to “hit” at some point, and that scares me.

    Moeller will probably just sit the bench in case someone gets hurt. It causes the Reds to play with 24 players, but at least Moeller isn’t making outs.

    I don’t want either of them.

  3. doug

    I see your point Chad…. if it came down to it, I am with your 24 man roster over either of them. On the bright side though, if Wise were the choice, he would be behind Hamilton and probably even Conine on days Conine isn’t playing first.

  4. Chad

    True. In the end, neither is a good option, but frankly, neither is going to hurt the Reds very much in that 25th man role.

  5. John

    Chad Moeller is not Andy Abad.

    That is all.