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Benihana
05-05-2008, 02:19 PM
may be designated soon. I've been an advocate of taking a flier on him for a while. Could step into a Keppinger-esque role with Kepp himself in the everyday lineup. He's a 24 year old former top prospect with a right handed bat with a lot of upside. And he currently plays for Cleveland. Brandon Phillips-lite?

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Indians May Designate Marte or Michaels
Outfielder Ben Francisco will join the Indians for Tuesday's game against the Yankees. The Tribe will have to make room for him by then, and Mike Harrington believes the jobs of Andy Marte and Jason Michaels are at risk. Marte could be designated for assignment, while Michaels might just be released.

Michaels, 32, has been awful in 21 games this year. He earns $2.15MM this year. Michaels typically hits lefties well, but he's been an easy out this year.

Marte, 24, is out of options and would have to clear waivers if the Indians try to demote him. The formerly well-regarded prospect has only 16 plate appearances on the year. He made the team after hitting .204/.333/.519 in 54 spring ABs.

OnBaseMachine
05-05-2008, 02:21 PM
If he can bad cheaply then I would definitely pick him up. The Reds always seem to get lucky with these types of pickups - Brandon Phillips, Josh Hamilton, Jose Guillen, etc.

fearofpopvol1
05-05-2008, 02:24 PM
Didn't he come up through the Braves? If I remember correctly, they were high on him from what I remember, but since they had Chipper, they traded him to Boston for Renteria.

Team Clark
05-05-2008, 02:27 PM
Marte can be straightened out. Absolutely pick him up, give him a personal tutor and we'll see him in July.

Benihana
05-05-2008, 02:27 PM
Didn't he come up through the Braves? If I remember correctly, they were high on him from what I remember, but since they had Chipper, they traded him to Boston for Renteria.

Yep, and then he got traded to Cleveland for Coco Crisp. Very similar story to Brandon Phillips, except that he was the centerpiece of two high-profile trades. Not saying he's going to save the franchise, but he could be a no-risk/high-reward type guy. And at this point, it looks like the Reds are going to need a LF pretty soon.

Too bad he looks like more of a Krivsky special than a Jocketty one.

Benihana
05-05-2008, 02:40 PM
Marte can be straightened out. Absolutely pick him up, give him a personal tutor and we'll see him in July.

Hopefully not Brook Jacoby :p:

RedlegJake
05-05-2008, 02:58 PM
I'd definitely be interested in Marte.

RedRoser
05-05-2008, 02:59 PM
Hopefully not Brook Jacoby :p:

Chris Chambliss would be good. Oh, wait...we got rid of him. :bang: