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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hatteberg trade? (update)

Peter Gammons floated the idea of the New York Mets trying to obtain Scott Hatteberg to spell/platoon with Carlos Delgado.

Hatteberg isn't demanding a trade. But he'd welcome one.

"First and foremost, I'd like to be here and help the team win," he said. "I play baseball to play."

I talked to Walt Jocketty after the game. He's heard from no teams about Hatteberg. Would Jocketty considered moving Hatteberg if a team made an offer?

"He's been an important part of the team," Jocketty said. "I'll all try to do anything to make the team better."

Hatteberg is in strictly a backup/pinch-hitting role with the emergence of Joey Votto. Hatteberg's 0-for-7 as a pinch-hitter and hitting .161 overall.

"It's difficult," he said. "I've never been a very good pinch-hitter. I'm trying to figure it out. I'm trying."

The only pitch a pinch-hitter gets to hit is often times the first one. Hatteberg rarely swings at first pitches.

"That flies in the face of the way I hit," he said. "This is my 13th year in the major leagues. I have a theory behind how I like to hit. I like to see a lot of pitches. Pinch-hitting isn't really conducive to that. I change my approach a little bit."


at 4:33 PM Blogger Nathan said...

Would the Mets have anything of interest to offer, or would this be the type of trade where you get a minor leaguer?

at 6:26 PM Blogger Phill said...

Nathan, the Reds traded Conine to the Mets last year for two AA guys at the trade deadline. I'd imagine this early on it might not even be that much.

at 6:35 PM Blogger Joe said...

Do it for Hatteberg. Throw in Freel, Hariston, Patterson or Hopper and free up a spot for Bruce while you're at it. The Reds don't have to get much in return. A low minors pitching prospect would be just fine. With the other active roster spot freed up by including Freel, Hopper, Patterson or Hairston, go with an additional pitcher. Bailey or Bray. It won't be much longer before Coffey pitches himself into a DFA status. By then some of the other issues will sort themselves out.

at 7:11 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I would think most anybody would be of interest. Hatteberg needs to me moved for whatever we can get.

at 8:39 PM Blogger Dave said...

Hatteberg is a pro - don't give him away - lots of teams could use a professional first-baseman.

at 8:48 PM Blogger Ron said...

I was hoping the Mets had a decent, older catching prospect or a RH bat at AAA with some pop but it appears their roster there is pretty barren. Only guy they have in that regard is Fernando Tatis ... has 8 HR but is only hitting .227 ... no thanks.

at 9:23 PM OpenID dudeworldorder said...

I think you move him for two reasons.

He isn't a good pinch hitter, he's a good starter. We have no where to start him.

Free up some $, trade him for nobody and maybe some cash from NY.

at 10:49 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

I have to agree, even if there is not much to get if a deal for Hatteberg saves the team money I think we need to do it. He's rotting away on the bench and can contribute somewhere else. We can use the roster spot for more of the young guys in Louisville. Perhaps a right handed bat to pinch hit.

at 12:05 AM Blogger Dave said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the Mets have Johan Santana? And in exchange for him, didn't they agree to let their AAA team go to Minnesota, leaving the Mets without a AAA club this year? In other words, who would we pluck from them for Hatteberg? Gammons is just throwing out an idea, and a good one for the Mets, but unless they have a good, young middle-reliever who's ready to help us now, forget it...or maybe we could send Dunn, Griffey, and Hatt for Beltran (that's how all the video-gamers on here would see it).

at 5:12 AM Blogger wardog said...

throw in matt belisle and take any talent you can get below triple a.
I have looked at the roster and it is thin at the aaa level..
bring in bray or gary m. and dump fogg (big fork to eat that contract).

at 2:14 PM Blogger schlemdog said...

Hatteberg is a pro.

at 12:04 PM Blogger Charlie said...

I think we should NOT just give H. to the Mets or any team without getting something pretty good in return. After all, this is pro-baseball and a trade needs to be made not for H. but to help improve our team and we still need a catcher and a rt. handed power baqt to come in from the bench.

at 12:04 PM Blogger Charlie said...

I thnik we should NOT just give H. to the Mets or any team without getting something pretty good in return. After all, this is pro-baseball and a trade needs to be made not for H. but to help improve our team and we still need a catcher and a rt. handed power baqt to come in from the bench.

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