According to the Cincinnati Enquire‘s John Fay, the Cincinnati Reds have designated Jason Donald for assignment.
Donald, 28, was acquired in the trade that sent Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for him and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The Reds have 10 days to decide what to do with Donald–either trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues.
During spring training, Donald hit .250 with no home runs and four RBI. Fay points out the reason why the Reds’ chose the non-roster invitee Cesar Izturis over Donald is because of Izturis’ ability to play the middle infield, most specifically shortstop behind Zack Cozart.
It’s not a bad move over all by the the Reds. Although Donald does have the capability to play the middle infield because of his utility player type of play, the Reds needed to go in the direction of having a more older, skilled person to play behind Cozart and that guy was Izturis.
That’s not to say that Donald will not get his chance, it’s just the fact that Cozart would be able to learn more about playing shortstop with an experienced glove in Izturis behind him and teaching him as well.
With the way Izturis played this spring, it would have been foolish of the Reds to not take a chance with him over Donald. Izturis hit .333 this spring with a home run and seven RBI. Although it is unlikely (and his previous track record proves this) he will produce that kind of batting average during the course of the season, the Reds made a great move by going with the experience over potential.
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