leadpipe wrote:At the end of the day, Casey Kotchman is a reserve/PH on good team
I admit this is being super-pedantic, but Kotchman was the starting first baseman for the Rays last year, and they won 91 games and went to the playoffs, i.e.,g a good team. Having Kotchman play 140+ games at first isn't guaranteeing a good season, but it's not some kind of harbinger of doom.
The obvious response ("But the Rays had Longoria mashing at third!") leads directly into the issue of Chisenhall vs. Hannahan. My guess is that they've already penciled Chiz in at third, but are going to say all the Right Things to motivate him in spring training: "Open competition," "nothing's been decided," and so on. Chisenhall showed similar power in the majors as he's had in the minors, he just needs to get a chance to play every day and get comfortable at this level.
FWIW Dept., Chisenhall by month:
Sept. & Oct.: .279/.295/.465 (with 4 of his 7 home runs)