The summary of his minor leage stint last year is a 305 hitter with 18 home runs. He only had 189 AB's with Mississippi. Its kind of dickish to call someone recovering from depression a headcase when they have seemingly recovered years ago. You seem to want to transpose prior year stats as an indicator of future performance.
Spring training doesn't mean players are carry over into their season statistics but it does mean they can earn a chance for playing time. Geez, its not like they inked him to a contract like Verlander's, he won a platoon catching job hitting in the eight hole. As far as who plays more this is Fredi's exact quote.
"I think we'll play it by ear," Gonzalez said. "We know what he can do offensively. I didn't tell him he was going to be the backup guy. He could split time with Laird right down the middle, or maybe he could get even more time."
Its no gurantee that Gattis will go down when Mac gets back either. He was orginally an outfielder and the talk is that if he impresses during the first two months, he could find playing time in the outfield on the other players rest days.