Scott Hatteberg has been mentioned as a replacement for Carlos Delgado and now, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, he wants the Reds to trade him. With Joey Votto starting at first for the Reds, new GM Walt Jocketty would be smart to get some value for the 38 year old first baseman while he can.
Mets fans, calm down. Hatteberg is old and not hitting so far this year (.161 BA, 3 RBI, .226 SLG, .308 OBP). He’s a Moneyball player, has hit .273 for his career with a .362 OBP, but doesn’t hit for power (just 106 career HR). In other words, he is not an adequate replacement for Delgado, and would be a platoon player at best on the Mets. But as MLB Trade Rumors points out, this doesn’t work for the Mets, as both Hatteberg and Delgado are lefties who hit well against right handed pitchers.
Two washed up Reds first basemen in two years? I sure hope not. Let’s give Delgado some time and hope for the best until Omar can find a prospect to trade for Xavier Nady.