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Doc. Scott
11-11-2008, 01:43 PM
I'm using Baseball America's weekly blog postings for this information. I will also highlight any ex-Reds or otherwise interesting signings. The full list for each week is accessible by following the appropriate link. Commentary is from Baseball America unless noted otherwise.


The master list of minor-league free agents is here (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1786).


For Nov. 1-7 (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1792):

Cincinnati Reds
Signed: C Ben Davis (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/D/Ben-Davis.shtml) (Camden (Atlantic)), 2B Luis Bolivar (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Luis-Bolivar.shtml)
Released: RHP Hugo Calderon (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Hugo-Calderon.shtml), RHP Tyler Rhoden (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Tyler-Rhoden.shtml), C Frank Meade (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Frank-Meade.shtml), 1B Eli Rimes (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Eli-Rimes.shtml), 3B Brett Bartles (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Brett-Bartles.shtml), OF Anthony Gressick (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Anthony-Gressick.shtml)
Removed from 40-man roster: LHP Bobby Livingston (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/L/Bobby-Livingston.shtml)

Davis, the second overall pick in 1995, latched on with Camden after the Orioles released him in June. The switch-hitting catcher, who will be 32 next season, has logged 486 games in the big leagues and 686 more in the minors, where he’s a career .256/.316/.404 hitter.

Atlanta Braves
Signed: C J.C. Boscan (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Jean-Boscan.shtml)

Chicago White Sox
Signed: OF Jordan Herr (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Jordan-Herr.shtml) (Lancaster (Atlantic))

Herr, the son of longtime Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr, signed with Lancaster in 2008 after completing his senior year at Pittsburgh and going undrafted. The Cubs took him in the 41st round of the 2007 draft but he opted not to sign. Jordan Herr, whose older brother Aaron is a minor league free agent, batted .202 with six doubles and four homers in 36 games for Lancaster.

Houston Astros
Signed: LHP Andy Van Hekken (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/V/Andy-Van-Hekken.shtml)

Minnesota Twins
Granted free agency: C Ryan Jorgensen (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Ryan-Jorgensen.shtml)

Washington Nationals
Removed from 40-man roster: 1B Dmitri Young (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/Y/Dmitri-Young.shtml)

Young’s removal from the 40-man was a bit startling seeing as he’s due $5 million in 2009. That salary ranks him among the Nationals’ highest paid players for 2009, with Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns and Cristian Guzman.

OesterPoster
11-11-2008, 01:53 PM
Minnesota Twins
Granted free agency: C Ryan Jorgensen (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Ryan-Jorgensen.shtml)


Well, looky there. Our buddy Ry-man is available. Could he hold the key to the Reds' catching question mark? ;)

Mario-Rijo
11-11-2008, 08:30 PM
Well, looky there. Our buddy Ry-man is available. Could he hold the key to the Reds' catching question mark? ;)

Ha, nice.

I think the aforementioned Ben Davis looks like a AAA possibility so does that mean he and Tatum will share time there? And if so where does that leave Wilkin Castillo, does he continue to be a super sub and on what roster AAA or MLB? I was hoping they would allow him to catch quite a bit at AAA. Or is it just too soon to come to any conclusions?

nemesis
11-12-2008, 11:59 AM
It looks to me Davis has been converted into a pitcher. So my conclusion is we signed him as a 3 catcher/reliver

RedlegJake
11-12-2008, 01:34 PM
It looks to me Davis has been converted into a pitcher. So my conclusion is we signed him as a 3 catcher/reliver

But is he fast enough to catch his own pitches?

klw
11-12-2008, 05:45 PM
But is he fast enough to catch his own pitches?

Only Jim Coombs can do that

Doc. Scott
11-21-2008, 07:08 PM
Nov.8-18: (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1804)

Chicago White Sox
Traded: RHP Kanekoa Texeira and OF Nick Swisher to Yankees for RHP Jeffrey Marquez, RHP Jhonny Nunez and 3B Wilson Betemit

Florida Marlins
Traded: RHP Kevin Gregg to Cubs for RHP Jose Ceda
Traded: LHP Scott Olsen and OF Josh Willingham to Nationals for RHP P.J. Dean, 2B Emilio Bonifacio and 2B Jake Smolinski


Not much going on of interest minor-league signings-wise, but these trades all showed up in the listings.

-Big ripoff win for the Yankees, buying Swisher for pennies on the dollar. You think Brandon Phillips is a little hacktastic? Watch Wilson Betemit in action. Marquez is a starter who doesn't miss bats at all.

-Love that the Cubs traded a fireballing prospect for Joe Borowski Jr. to "shore up" their bullpen. Florida is smart.

-Maybe not that smart. The Nationals get a mid-rotation starter and a starting LF for a young Luis Rivas and a couple of fringe prospect pitchers? Dang! Jim Bowden's still got it sometimes.

This list of players added to the 40-man rosters (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1806) is probably more interesting than the signings page this time around. Among the names of interest:

-Cubs added RHP Marcos Mateo (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/Marcos-Mateo.shtml). Mateo, 25 in April, was the payment from the Reds for immortal superstar Buck Coats. He's apparently been converted to a starter.

-Cleveland added RHR Jeff Stevens (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Jeff-Stevens.shtml), the Reds' sixth-round pick in 2005. Stevens was sent to the Indians as the PTBNL in the Brandon Phillips deal. While I'm sure no one here would take that deal back, Jeff's been pretty successful- pitching in the 2008 Olympics and reaching AAA Buffalo last year in his age-24 season. In 2008 he whiffed 81 in 58.1 innings.

-Colorado added SS Chris Nelson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/N/Christopher-Nelson.shtml), who was the general consensus RedsZone first-round pick the year the Reds chose Homer Bailey. (He also attended Brandon Phillips' high school in Georgia.) Nelson's had his share of messiness so far, but he's just 23 and will be in Double-A to start 2009. H

-Milwaukee added RHP Mark Rogers (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Mark-Rogers.shtml). Rogers was picked by the Brewers ahead of Bailey in the '04 draft, fifth overall. You think Homer was an iffy selection? Mark hasn't pitched since 2006 due to arm injuries.

-San Diego added RHR Matt Bush (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Matt-Bush-1.shtml), the first overall pick in 2004. Bush was, of course, a shortstop when drafted- but switched to the mound after compiling a .219/.294/.276 line in parts of four seasons. Then, very soon after the switch, he had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2008. The 22-year-old will resume his career virtually from square one this year.

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Baseball America says the following about the Reds' five additions to the 40-man:

Cincinnati Reds

Added 3B Juan Francisco, LHP Matt Maloney and RHPs Carlos Fisher, Sam LeCure and Robert Manuel.

Francisco hit .277/.303/.496 with 23 home runs, 34 doubles and 92 RBIs at high Class A Sarasota, and didn’t turn 21 in the Florida State League until June 24. Maloney, acquired for Kyle Lohse in 2007, could battle for the Reds fifth starter’s job during spring training. Manuel doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, but his plus command paid off in 2008, as he earned a spot on the 40-man roster by going 6-3, 1.25 in 87 innings between high Class A and Triple-A. With only 32 men on their 40-man before the additions, the Reds didn’t have to make many tough choices. Lefthander Philippe Valiquette, the club’s seventh-round pick in 2004, is probably the most notable omission, but it was understandable seeing as he has yet to pitch above Class A, and he had a very rough (8.53 ERA, 10 BB in 13 IP) Hawaii Winter Baseball season.
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OnBaseMachine
11-24-2008, 02:01 PM
Just saw where the Reds have brought Ryan Jorgensen back. I wonder if he'll start posting on Redszone again?

Cincinnati Reds
Signed: C Ryan Jorgensen, 1B Kevin Barker
Granted free agency: 1B Andy Phillips
Added to 40-man roster: RHP Carlos Fisher, RHP Sam Lecure, RHP Robert Manuel, LHP Matt Maloney, 3B Juan Francisco
Removed from 40-man roster: LHP Tyler Pelland, 1B Andy Phillips

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1808#more-1808

camisadelgolf
11-24-2008, 02:10 PM
Oh, no. I realize the Reds needed to sign someone to backup Tatum in AAA (at least I hope Jorgensen is the backup), but did it have to be Key_Mastur? Then again, maybe he figured some things out. He had a career year in AAA by putting up a line of .247/.314/.429. WOW.

As for Kevin Barker, he might be the reason Tonys Gutierrez isn't around anymore. I just hope Barker doesn't take at-bats away from Danny Dorn.

RED VAN HOT
11-24-2008, 04:48 PM
As for Kevin Barker, he might be the reason Tonys Gutierrez isn't around anymore. I just hope Barker doesn't take at-bats away from Danny Dorn.

If Henry and/or Cumberland are/is taken in Rule 5, it won't be an issue. It looks as if we have two prospects competing at AA for 1B and yet no one ready for AAA.

Doc. Scott
11-26-2008, 12:48 PM
I've been beaten to the punch by a little bit, but here it goes anyway.

Nov. 18-20 (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1808):

OBM's already listed the Reds transactions.

-While I don't believe Jorgensen has shown he can hit on a consistent enough basis to be a starting major-league catcher, he could very well be a great backup. He's also got a really great defensive reputation.

-I have a feeling they only brought Barker back because Phillips opted for free agency. I don't really blame Tonys Gutierrez much for opting to try the market either, as the Reds have shown little intent to push him up the ladder past Double-A despite consistently okay numbers. I don't think Gutierrez is going to top out any higher than a Todd Benzinger or Dave Bergman type, however.

-I hope Tyler Pelland still gets a chance in 2009. His injuries this past season were very ill-timed.
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Detroit Tigers
Signed: C Dane Sardinha (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Dane-Sardinha.shtml)

He still can't hit at all, but someone in Detroit just loves the guy, apparently. In 2008 he appeared in 17 games- eight and a half times the number he appeared in as a Cincinnati Red (two).

In case you're wondering (I know you are)- David Espinosa (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/David-Espinosa.shtml)? Indy ball.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed: 1B Brett Bartles (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Brett-Bartles.shtml)

Reds' castoff gets another chance! Good news for the former Duke standout.

Oakland Athletics
Signed: RHP Jon Hunton

BA: "Hunton, a 6-foot-9 righthander, was drafted four times from 2001 to 2004, by the Marlins (28th round), the Nationals (39th), the Nationals again (24th) and finally the Cubs (11th). He spent three seasons in the Cubs organization, posting a 4.30 ERA for high Class A Daytona in 2006 before being released the following spring and going the indy route. Hunton, 26, excelled as Fort Worth’s (American Association) closer in 2008, collecting 23 saves to go with a 0.81 ERA and 71-18 K-BB in 56 innings."

I wish the Reds would dip into the indy leagues more often. It's fun to watch at a minimum.

Texas Rangers
Signed: RHP Elizardo Ramirez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Elizardo-Ramirez.shtml)
Traded: OF John Mayberry Jr. to Phillies for OF Greg Golson

Ramirez hasn't exactly come back to hurt the Reds either- it was more of the same for him in 2008, showing moderate pitch-to-contact effectiveness at AAA and then getting torched in a brief big-league stint.

Also, a very interesting "challenge" trade between the Rangers and Phillies. Golson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Greg-Golson.shtml) is the classic five-tool fool, a Reggie "Rally Time" Taylor (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/T/Reggie-Taylor.shtml) with a gym membership.

Just as hackin' Greg began to show some semblance of plate discipline in 2008 at age 22 (drawing a career-high 34 walks in 106 games in Double-A and earning a brief September callup), the Phillies immediately traded him. After holding on to the guy for four years as he flailed at non-fastballs and drew raves from scouts! Funny stuff.

Mayberry, 25 on Opening Day, (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/M/John-Mayberry-1.shtml) was also a first-round pick (actually twice) who has generally hit pretty well but has major concerns over his defense. The guy's a 6'5", 230# monster basically limited to first base or an outfield corner; perhaps Philly is looking at him as a replacement for the probably-gone Pat Burrell?

Anyway, it was interesting to see the normally tools-happy Phils trade a still-young guy (who might be on the verge of a true breakthrough) that they've put a lot of time and money into in Golson for Mayberry, a less-versatile slugger who's more than two years older and coming off a year in which he couldn't OPS 800 in a hitter's haven (AAA Oklahoma City).

BA thinks it might be Mayberry's suitability to Citizens Bank Park (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/majors/trade-central/2008/267233.html). Interesting.

Washington Nationals
Signed: RHP Preston Larrison, RHP Dan Leatherman, RHP Ryan Wagner (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Ryan-Wagner.shtml), 1B Brad Eldred (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/E/Brad-Eldred.shtml), OF Jemel Spearman

You think Wagner knows where his bread's buttered? I believe he's going to miss most or all of 2009, anyway, as he rehabs from the shoulder surgery resulting from his inconsistent mechanics.

Eldred has intrigued me ever since I saw him as a Pirate, waving merrily at breaking balls. With the legendary Rob Stratton now retired, Eldred's the heir apparent.

camisadelgolf
11-26-2008, 12:59 PM
Thanks for the update, Doc. I really enjoy the commentary.

Strider
11-26-2008, 01:15 PM
Ditto !

blumj
11-27-2008, 11:57 AM
The Red Sox re-signed Marcus McBeth.

kpresidente
11-27-2008, 01:32 PM
-I hope Tyler Pelland still gets a chance in 2009. His injuries this past season were very ill-timed.

Ill-timed indeed. He had a 3.20 FIP and a 1.19 WHIP in July.

TRF
11-28-2008, 06:03 PM
Pelland's my boy, my sleeper pick three years in a row. You do not give up on LH pitcher with his stuff.

Pelland49
12-01-2008, 09:07 PM
Tyler Pelland is retiring from baseball.

TRF
12-01-2008, 09:12 PM
Tyler Pelland is retiring from baseball.

I'll need more than a first post for proof. Not saying it isn't true, just that if it were, dougdirt would likely be able to confirm. I'll wait on him for that.

dougdirt
12-01-2008, 09:15 PM
I'll need more than a first post for proof. Not saying it isn't true, just that if it were, dougdirt would likely be able to confirm. I'll wait on him for that.

Already sent out an email to one of my Reds guys.... simply a waiting game now.

Mario-Rijo
12-01-2008, 09:51 PM
Tyler Pelland is retiring from baseball.

Wow, was hoping he had finally turned a corner a bit and would be able to finally make it this season.

OnBaseMachine
12-01-2008, 09:55 PM
Tyler Pelland is retiring from baseball.

That sucks. I was holding out hope he could still develop into a solid lefty out of the pen.

camisadelgolf
12-02-2008, 07:10 AM
He was a marginal prospect to begin with, and now he has to go through shoulder surgery. I wouldn't blame him if he decided to move on. He's still young and has a lot of options.

Mario-Rijo
12-02-2008, 02:24 PM
He was a marginal prospect to begin with, and now he has to go through shoulder surgery. I wouldn't blame him if he decided to move on. He's still young and has a lot of options.

I guess that depends on what you mean by "marginal" and "to begin with". By my definition he was a good prospect to begin with but due to injuries and control issues has become marginal but if he ever found his control and stayed injury free he could have been a strong LH out of the pen.

camisadelgolf
12-02-2008, 02:47 PM
I guess that depends on what you mean by "marginal" and "to begin with". By my definition he was a good prospect to begin with but due to injuries and control issues has become marginal but if he ever found his control and stayed injury free he could have been a strong LH out of the pen.

What I mean by 'marginal' is that I considered his fate to be that of a AAAA player. Of course, he was capable of more, but I don't think he would have ever been able to accomplish that on account of his lack of control.

SarasotaFan
12-02-2008, 02:53 PM
What I mean by 'marginal' is that I considered his fate to be that of a AAAA player. Of course, he was capable of more, but I don't think he would have ever been able to accomplish that on account of his lack of control.

you don't like anyone do you

Mario-Rijo
12-02-2008, 02:53 PM
What I mean by 'marginal' is that I considered his fate to be that of a AAAA player. Of course, he was capable of more, but I don't think he would have ever been able to accomplish that on account of his lack of control.

He must have agreed with you, or just got fed up. Not being kept on the 40 man or ever being called up, may have been his final straw for this organization. Give him some time to think about it and he may be back, to baseball I mean not necc. the Reds.

camisadelgolf
12-02-2008, 03:05 PM
you don't like anyone do you

Don't get me wrong--I'm rooting for him. I'm just more skeptical of him as a prospect than a lot of other people. Actually, a couple years ago, he was my favorite prospect (as evidenced here (http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47631))--he just didn't advance as much as I hoped he would. I'm not ruling out the possibility of him ever making an impact in MLB--I just don't see it happening.

Pelland49
12-02-2008, 07:31 PM
I was told he was looking at a long rehab process probably not pitching for 18 months and he was taken off the 40 man roster so it was a big pay cut. He plans on using his college scholarship that he received in his contract.

Pelland49
12-02-2008, 07:33 PM
I do hope that he gets that fire to give it another shot.

M2
12-02-2008, 07:47 PM
I was told he was looking at a long rehab process probably not pitching for 18 months and he was taken off the 40 man roster so it was a big pay cut. He plans on using his college scholarship that he received in his contract.

Pelland was always considered a fairly bright kid, which is probably why he got that scholarship put into his contract in the first place.

Mario-Rijo
12-02-2008, 08:18 PM
Pelland was always considered a fairly bright kid, which is probably why he got that scholarship put into his contract in the first place.

Exactly!

camisadelgolf
12-03-2008, 08:46 AM
I do hope that he gets that fire to give it another shot.

I do, too, but shoulder injuries like his have a tendency to ruin pitching careers, even if they happen to be the aces of their clubs, so I won't hold my breath. Whichever path he chooses, though, I wish him the best.

OnBaseMachine
12-05-2008, 12:54 AM
Cincinnati Reds
Signed: LHP Ron Flores

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1816#more-1816

That's a solid signing. Flores has good numbers in the minors (460.1 IP, 450 H, 179 BB/473 K, 3.54 ERA and has had some mild success in the majors in limited time (56 IP, 52 H, 22 BB/41 K, 3.05 ERA. He's 29 years old. I'd look for him to get a spring training invite.

JayBruceFan
12-05-2008, 01:23 AM
San Diego Padres signed Kevin Howard


Nice to see him getting a job somewhere

Mario-Rijo
12-05-2008, 02:15 AM
Cincinnati Reds
Signed: LHP Ron Flores

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1816#more-1816

That's a solid signing. Flores has good numbers in the minors (460.1 IP, 450 H, 179 BB/473 K, 3.54 ERA and has had some mild success in the majors in limited time (56 IP, 52 H, 22 BB/41 K, 3.05 ERA. He's 29 years old. I'd look for him to get a spring training invite.

Could be this years Mike Lincoln right there.

batsfan
12-08-2008, 01:45 PM
Darnell McDonald has been signed.

camisadelgolf
12-08-2008, 01:52 PM
Darnell McDonald has been signed.

Good looking out. Here's a source, for those who require that sort of thing.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1817

IIrc, he was in trouble a few years ago for failing a drug test or something like that.

TRF
12-08-2008, 02:03 PM
If Seattle goes with a Shelton/Branyan platoon, that could be mighty effective.

camisadelgolf
12-08-2008, 02:26 PM
In ex-Reds news:
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Seth Etherton.
The Baltimore Orioles signed Scott Chiasson and released Julio Manon, Rocky Cherry, and Jeff Fiorentino.
The Kansas City Royals released Luke Hudson.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Travis Chick.
The San Diego Padres signed Kevin Howard (as noted by JayBruceFan).
The Oakland Athletics signed Jerome Williams and released Kirk Saarloos.
The Chicago Cubs added Marcos Mateo to the 40-man roster.
The Cleveland Indians added Jeff Stevens to the 40-man roster.
The Detroit Tigers signed Dane Sardinha (as noted by Doc. Scott).
The New York Mets re-signed Andy Green.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Brett Bartles (as noted above).
The Texas Rangers re-signed Elizardo Ramirez (as noted above).
The Washington Nationals re-signed Ryan Wagner (as noted above).
The Cleveland Indians signed Damasa Espino.
The Colorado Rockies re-signed Jon George.
The Atlanta Braves released Corky Miller.

SarasotaFan
12-08-2008, 02:37 PM
Darnell McDonald has been signed.
he'll be a good sign. could make the roster as over the last few years has done real well in AAA. think he got hurt last year or something.

was suspended in 05 for 15 games - doesn't say for what.

Gallen5862
12-08-2008, 02:58 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1817
Cincinnati Reds
Signed: OF Darnell McDonald

McDonald, a former top prospect for the Orioles, has settled into a life as a journeyman Triple-A outfielder. For someone with the role, the Reds are a good organization to land with right now, as the team has openings in left and center field. McDonald, 30, won’t be the first option at either, but if injuries crop up, Jerry Hairston Jr., showed last year that the Reds are willing to give a journeyman a chance if he’s swinging a hot bat.

M2
12-08-2008, 04:07 PM
In ex-Reds news:
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Seth Etherton.
The Baltimore Orioles signed Scott Chiasson and released Julio Manon, Rocky Cherry, and Jeff Fiorentino.
The Kansas City Royals released Luke Hudson.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Travis Chick.
The San Diego Padres signed Kevin Howard (as noted by JayBruceFan).
The Oakland Athletics signed Jerome Williams and released Kirk Saarloos.
The Chicago Cubs added Marcos Mateo to the 40-man roster.
The Cleveland Indians added Jeff Stevens to the 40-man roster.
The Detroit Tigers signed Dane Sardinha (as noted by Doc. Scott).
The New York Mets re-signed Andy Green.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Brett Bartles (as noted above).
The Texas Rangers re-signed Elizardo Ramirez (as noted above).
The Washington Nationals re-signed Ryan Wagner (as noted above).
The Cleveland Indians signed Damasa Espino.
The Colorado Rockies re-signed Jon George.
The Atlanta Braves released Corky Miller.

It's amazing who's still kicking around.

Doc. Scott
12-08-2008, 04:17 PM
This past week's signings have been covered pretty thoroughly, so I'll wait until the next BA transactions post to weigh in again.

I like the signings of McDonald and Flores just fine. (I'm surprised the Dodgers beat Jocketty and Co. to ex-Cards utilityman Hector Luna, too.) Darnell has been a fairly decent hitter in AAA since around 2002, generally OPSing around the 800 mark or a little below (his career mark is just 725, but his power was late-developing). Oddly, his first big-league shot was in 2004 with Baltimore in a major off-year (.234/.294/.368 at AAA Ottawa). He got another short stay in '07 with Minnesota. He looks generally good for 10-15 homers and 15-25 steals, moderate plate discipline, and a fair number of strikeouts at the AAA level. He also represents the downside of a potential career path for one Chris Dickerson.

Sorry to hear it about Pelland if it's true.

Doc. Scott
12-17-2008, 11:11 PM
Minor League Transactions for Dec. 5-15 (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1833).

The Reds' trade with the Orioles as well as the Rule 5 selections of RHRs Henry Arias (Twins) and Terrell Young (Nationals) are covered.

Kansas City Royals
Rule 5 selections: RHP Russell Haltiwanger (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/H/Russell-Haltiwanger.shtml) (Cardinals, AAA)

Haltiwanger, 25 in April, was the Reds' 29th-round pick in 2005 out of Newberry College (SC), pitched primarily at Dayton in 2006 before heading off to Kansas City in a trade for none other than Jeff Keppinger. He labored at High-A Wilmington in the Royals system in 2007 and 2008, posting ERAs of 3.92 and 3.83 while walking four and a half men per nine innings and striking out just north of six.

Milwaukee Brewers
Signed: RHP Brian Reith

Yup, still bouncing around. The Brewers are his fifth organization. Reith pitched in the independent Atlantic League in both 2007 and 2008, finally earning the deal back into OB after whiffing 85 and saving 16 in 80 innings for the Somerset Patriots. He'll be 31 for Spring Training as he attempts to round his career major league line of 4-12, 5.92 into shape.

Toronto Blue Jays
Signed: RHP Matt Clement

Clement, such a solid starter for most of the second half of the 90s and the first half of the aughts, has never been the same since he was hit by a Carl Crawford line drive in 2005 while pitching for the Boston Red Sox. Washing out of the Boston organization after posting a 6.61 ERA in 2006, he missed all of 2007 after arm surgery and struggled to return to form in the St. Louis system last year.

camisadelgolf
12-30-2008, 08:43 PM
As stated in other threads, the Reds have signed Aaron Fultz, Wes Bankston, and Laynce Nix. Also, the Reds released Yuber Rodriguez, which is a little surprising because the Reds have so little depth in the outfield, but his numbers made the transaction very understandable.


As a member of the Blue Jays organization, Rodriguez batted .309/.379/.502 as a 20-year-old in his repeat of the Appalachian League in 2004. But it proved to be a fleeting glimpse of his five-tool talent, as he proceeded to hit .220/.300/.311 in three seasons in low Class A. Rodriguez, a native of Venezuela, signed with the Reds as a minor league free agent prior to the 2008 season.

In ex-Red news:
The Baltimore Orioles signed Chad "Ryan Jorgensen was already taken" Moeller.
The Chicago White Sox signed Brad "What the hell did you see in Henry Arias?" Salmon.
The Kansas City Royals re-signed Luke "I'll give it one more shot before I retire" Hudson.
The Philadelphia Phillies signed Justin "I'm the reason the Korean league folded" Lehr.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andy "the Reds put me on and take me off waivers at every opportunity in 2008" Phillips.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed Ray "I wish we could have a second designated hitter" Olmedo.
The Washington Nationals signed Corey "keep the bases empty" Patterson.

Doc. Scott
01-02-2009, 03:18 PM
Fultz is a reasonable Plan B for a LOOGY, although he's one of those veterans who probably has an out clause in his contract should an opportunity arise. So if he doesn't win a job (probably won't, barring injury), it'd be a surprise if he lasted the entire season in AAA.

I like Bankston as a darkhorse breakout/late-bloomer candidate. Although it means Dorn may not get the first look at AAA, there should be enough ABs to go around.

Nix is basically another Corey Patterson with more power and less speed. He can't really hit major-league pitching, but he could probably do the DeWayne Wise thing and fill a roster spot when it's required.

camisadelgolf
01-02-2009, 04:02 PM
The thing with Fultz is that his fastball lost close to 5 MPH soon after signing a multi-million dollar contract with the Indians, and ever since then, he has been way too hittable. If he figures out how to regain that velocity, he could be great insurance for a bullpen injury.

Tom Servo
01-19-2009, 05:24 PM
Bobby Livingston signed with the Orioles.

batsfan
01-19-2009, 07:52 PM
Bobby Livingston signed with the Orioles.

As did Jolbert

Gallen5862
01-19-2009, 11:36 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=2051

Cincinnati Reds
Signed: RHP Federico Baez, C Brian Peterson
Loaned to Mexican League: SS Francisco Lizarraga

11larkin11
01-19-2009, 11:37 PM
Rule V Draft pick. Here Mexico, have a SS.

camisadelgolf
01-20-2009, 01:16 PM
Bobby Livingston signed with the Orioles.

Some more ex-Reds . . .

The Rockies signed Josh Hall (1998-2006).
The Tigers signed Travis Phelps (2005).
The Dodgers signed Shawn Estes (2002).

Prf15
01-20-2009, 03:12 PM
Can't believe we let Chad Moeller get away.

camisadelgolf
01-20-2009, 03:36 PM
Can't believe we let Chad Moeller get away.

Ryan Jorgensen made him expendable.

Doc. Scott
01-23-2009, 02:20 PM
Baez (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/Federico-Baez.shtml), 27 in August, has spent nearly his entire career in the Cubs system after being selected in the 42th round in 2000 out of Laredo CC (by way of Puerto Rico). Working almost exclusively out of the bullpen, the righthander posted a 3.38 ERA in the Midwest League at 21 and a 3.55 in the Florida State League at 22, but struggled in the Southern League at 23 (4.68 ERA, poor ratios). He set that right in 2006 with a second stint (2.43, 66.2 IP, much better ratios) but missed most of 2007 due to injuries. When he wasn't hurt, he was getting mauled at AAA Iowa (8.84 ERA). In 2008 he tried to work his way back through the independent route, posting a 6.06 ERA in 19 games with Camden in the Atlantic League.

Nothing about Baez stands out in particular- he's got pretty average ratios all the way around and moved at a fairly average pace through the minors. Perhaps the Reds are betting that he returns from Tommy John surgery with increased velocity or something.

Nice to have Peterson (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Brian-Peterson.shtml), now 30, back in the system after he left for a four-team tour of minor-league free agency after the 2005 season. Unfortunately for him, he hasn't had a whole ton of success since leaving the Reds after they snowed him at AA Chattanooga for almost three entire seasons. In 2006 he hit .329/.369/.481 in 26 games with AA Corpus Christi (Astros) and .263/.306/.456 in 36 games with AAA Toledo (Detroit). Moving to the Pittsburgh system for 2007, he batted .272/.344/.372 with AA Altoona in 83 games. Without a contract to begin 2008, Brian lashed twelve hits in thirty trips for independent Bridgeport in the Atlantic League before he was snapped up by Baltimore and sent back to... Double-A. He batted .243/.311/.328 in 51 games.

The majority of veteran minor-league catchers are pretty good with the glove but bat-impaired, and I think Peterson, who has a career .271/.344/.388 pro line with some very solid years in there (.300/.361/.444 in Chatt in 2004, .270/.323/.411 the next year, etc.), has gotten overlooked a little for his decent hitting skills. And if he wasn't at least decent with the glove, too, he would be unemployed or moved to another position by now.

Brian may start off backing up Craig Tatum in AAA in 2009, since Alvin Colina is back on the free-agent market and Ryan Hanigan seems to have earned the spot with the big club backing up Ramon Hernandez. It's also vaguely possible that Tatum and Hanigan could swap spots depending on how things shake out in camp, but that's an off-chance.

camisadelgolf
01-23-2009, 05:42 PM
I believe the Reds could have nine catchers headed for AA or higher:
Ramon Hernandez
Ryan Hanigan
Wilkin Castillo
Craig Tatum
Ryan Jorgensen
Eddy Rodriguez
Chris Kroski
Brian Peterson
Chris Denove

RedsManRick
01-23-2009, 09:37 PM
I believe the Reds could have nine catchers headed for AA or higher:
Ramon Hernandez
Ryan Hanigan
Wilkin Castillo
Craig Tatum
Ryan Jorgensen
Eddy Rodriguez
Chris Kroski
Brian Peterson
Chris Denove

3 per team? Sounds about right.....

camisadelgolf
01-30-2009, 07:57 PM
We already know that the Reds signed Jonny Gomes, and per Baseball America, the other transaction was that the Reds released Jon Adkins, who the Reds re-signed just a few months ago. The Reds still have about 18 pitchers fighting for a spot in AAA which will likely lead to some deserving guys being released or going to AA.

Anyway, here's the news in ex-Reds:
Alvin Colina signed with the Atlanta Braves.
Kirk Saarloos signed with the Cleveland Indians.
Angel Cabrera was released by the Colorado Rockies.
Jason Standridge was signed by the Florida Marlins.
Dan Denham was signed by the Los Angeles Angels.

camisadelgolf
01-30-2009, 07:59 PM
3 per team? Sounds about right.....

I lol'ed at this comment.

JayBruceFan
01-31-2009, 05:36 AM
I want to see Angel Cabrera back with the Reds for 2009

He was just starting to come into his own when he got mixed up with all of that crap involving the brawl

camisadelgolf
01-31-2009, 06:40 AM
I want to see Angel Cabrera back with the Reds for 2009

He was just starting to come into his own when he got mixed up with all of that crap involving the brawl

Seeing as how the Reds already have Chris Valaika, Drew M. Anderson, Jake Kahaulelio, Alex Buchholz, Danny Richar, Jeff Keppinger, Luis Bolivar, Mike DeJesus, Jose Castro, Kevyn Feiner, Jose Gualdron, etc., I'm in no hurry to bring back a guy with a history of taunting opposing teams just for the sake of organizational depth. When Cabrera was released, the Reds described him as a non-prospect, so I really don't think he could ever do more than become a Jose Castro-type.

Doc. Scott
02-09-2009, 07:59 PM
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=2287

Cincinnati Reds
Signed: RHP Mark James, RHP David Shafer, C Humberto Cota, 1B Daryle Ward, OF Jacque Jones

Ward and Jones we know about; not much of a comment from me about either. If they're starting, the Reds are in trouble.

Shafer (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/David-Shafer.shtml) was traded to Oakland for Kirk Saarloos. David has struggled very badly ever since leaving the Cincinnati organization, both with control as well as health.

Cota (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/Humberto-Cota.shtml) is basically replacing the retired Ryan Jorgensen. Humberto spent parts of seven straight years- 2001 through 2007- with the Pirates, of course. Only one year- 2005- did he ever see an abundance of playing time. Last year, with AAA Colorado Springs (Rockies), he appeared in just 37 games.

James (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/J/Mark-James.shtml), 21, was signed after spending 2008 with Quebec in the independent Can-Am League. It'd be interesting to see how the Reds found out about this guy, as he had logged just twenty-four appearances in pro ball in the Milwaukee system after being drafted by them in the 14th round four years ago.

Colorado Rockies
Signed: RHP Matt Belisle

New York Mets
Signed: RHP Elmer Dessens

Washington Nationals
Signed: C Javier Valentin

redsmetz
02-09-2009, 09:27 PM
James, 21, was signed after spending 2008 with Quebec in the independent Can-Am League. It'd be interesting to see how the Reds found out about this guy, as he had logged just twenty-four appearances in pro ball in the Milwaukee system after being drafted by them in the 14th round four years ago.

I found this on a web page here:

http://www.mlntherawfeed.com/baseball-transactions/2009/1/30/mark-james-of-can-am-league-quebec-capitales-sold-to-cincinn.html


DURHAM, NC – The Can-Am League announced today that Quebec Capitales RHP Mark James has been sold to the Cincinnati Reds organization. James will report to the Reds Spring Training in Sarasota, FL.

James, 21, made 31 appearances for the Capitales going 4-3 with one save and a 3.02 ERA. He fanned 45 batters and walked only 19 in 50 2/3 innings pitched. The Toronto native was a 14th round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005. He spent two seasons with the Brewers at the rookie level Arizona League.

James is the fifth Can-Am League player to be sold to a major league organization since the end of the 2008 season.

Slyder
02-09-2009, 10:44 PM
anyone with any clue as to equivilance of Can-Am ball and the minors?

redsmetz
02-09-2009, 11:04 PM
anyone with any clue as to equivilance of Can-Am ball and the minors?

Take it with a grain of salt, but the Wikipedia entry on the league suggests it's similar to Low A.

Slyder
02-10-2009, 12:51 AM
Take it with a grain of salt, but the Wikipedia entry on the league suggests it's similar to Low A.

The dude is 21 so there may still time for him. Better showing than he put up for the Brew Crew farm. Maybe he'll find "it" and become something. If not every team needs "filler" so as to not kill the actual prospects.

M2
02-10-2009, 02:53 AM
Take it with a grain of salt, but the Wikipedia entry on the league suggests it's similar to Low A.

It's decidedly below that. It's a league of guys who are mostly AA/AAA age who'd struggle in short season ball. Fun to watch, one of the better baseball values out there, but very few players there are ever going to progress to the majors. Reds minor league legend Guye Senjem had himself a few good years in the Can-Am League.

Slyder
02-10-2009, 08:20 AM
forgot cant edit after 4 hrs or however long.

redsmetz
02-10-2009, 08:19 PM
It's decidedly below that. It's a league of guys who are mostly AA/AAA age who'd struggle in short season ball. Fun to watch, one of the better baseball values out there, but very few players there are ever going to progress to the majors. Reds minor league legend Guye Senjem had himself a few good years in the Can-Am League.

That's why I put up the caveat about taking it with a grain of salt. I will say, though, that I'm all for the club looking under every stone to see if it can come up with the occasional gem. Guys making it from an indy league to the majors are rare, but we'll see what we've got with this guy.

TRF
02-11-2009, 10:45 AM
That's why I put up the caveat about taking it with a grain of salt. I will say, though, that I'm all for the club looking under every stone to see if it can come up with the occasional gem. Guys making it from an indy league to the majors are rare, but we'll see what we've got with this guy.

Yeah, The Yankees have had recent success doing this. I love that the Reds are signing guys under 24 from Indy leagues.

ian_madden
02-11-2009, 12:08 PM
I like the idea of the reds signing extremely young talent from obscure places, ( ie. 21 yr old from Can Am, teenagers from the Dominican Republic). What I don't like are the constant signings of Dusty's former players from Chicago. Jones hopefully will return to his previous numbers, but if not, I hope that he doesn't eat up a significant amount of time in left field, time that could be better spent giving young inexperienced players needed exposure to major league pitching.

redsmetz
02-11-2009, 12:47 PM
I like the idea of the reds signing extremely young talent from obscure places, ( ie. 21 yr old from Can Am, teenagers from the Dominican Republic). What I don't like are the constant signings of Dusty's former players from Chicago. Jones hopefully will return to his previous numbers, but if not, I hope that he doesn't eat up a significant amount of time in left field, time that could be better spent giving young inexperienced players needed exposure to major league pitching.

Constant signings of Dusty's former players? Patterson, Bako and Hairston last year and Jones this year? That's hardly "constant", really.

camisadelgolf
02-18-2009, 04:05 AM
The Reds signed Luis Pardo, a 23-year-old who was drafted in the 9th round and signed by the Astros in 2007 for $80,000. He was released in November and is infamous for losing his first 13 decisions as a professional. Overall, his record is 1-17, split between A- and A over two seasons. He throws a fastball (88-92), curveball, and changeup.

http://minors.baseball-reference.com/players.cgi?pid=34089

I am in awe at just how bad the Astros' 2007 draft was. They lost their first two picks as compensation and failed to sign their 3rd, 4th, and 8th round picks. The 6th and 9th round picks are already released, and their 5th and 7th round draft picks are hardly prospects. And here are many of us on RedsZone, complaining about the Reds drafting Drew Stubbs. Anyway, back to the free agents . . .

In ex-Reds news:
Eric Schaler (2006 31st round draft pick) was released by the Rockies.
Eric Milton was signed by the Dodgers.
The Giants signed three ex-Reds in Rich Aurilia, Ramon Ortiz, and Gabe Suarez.

ian_madden
02-20-2009, 12:26 AM
4 players in 2 yrs is pretty constant in my opinion, really. Especially since only 1 last yr was even close to an impact player, JHJ, and he was hurt for a significant portion of the yr. Corey Patterson was a complete waste in cf. Like I said, I would love for Jones to step up and bring his previous numbers to the table. I'm excited, lets see what happens.

Doc. Scott
03-03-2009, 06:03 PM
Add one more ex-Cubs player.

Cincinnati signed OF Adam Greenberg (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/Adam-Greenberg.shtml).

Greenberg, 28, is famous for an unfortunate thing: he was hit in the head in his very first major league at-bat on July 9, 2005. This finished his season and he's never been back to the bigs since.

Following a troubled 2006 that saw him migrate from the Cubs system to the Dodgers, Greenberg spent 2007 at Double-A Wichita (KC) and divided 2008 between independent Bridgeport in the Atlantic League and Double-A Arkansas (LA Angels).

He's got a fourth outfielder's profile- lacking power but possessing decent plate discipline and speed. As a pro, he's .286/.376/.392. Adam was a ninth-round pick out of the University of North Carolina in 2002.

This YouTube link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cbRwinWAc) goes to the SportsCenter Outside the Lines story on Greenberg's 2007 comeback with KC. Interestingly, in the posting, Greenberg says he is likely to begin 2009 with Louisville.

batsfan
03-03-2009, 11:25 PM
Darnell Mcdonald, Laynce Nix, Drew Stubbs, Drew T. Anderson, Norris Hopper, Jacque Jones, Shaun Cumberland, and Michael Griffen, and Johnny Gomes should all be at least at AAA, and now Greenberg... Too many outfielders

BRM
03-04-2009, 10:24 AM
Darnell Mcdonald, Laynce Nix, Drew Stubbs, Drew T. Anderson, Norris Hopper, Jacque Jones, Shaun Cumberland, and Michael Griffen, and Johnny Gomes should all be at least at AAA, and now Greenberg... Too many outfielders

I expect Gomes and Jones to be in Cincinnati.

redsof72
03-04-2009, 11:16 AM
They might be a little short on outfielders in Double-A and that probably played into the signing of Greenberg. You have Heisey and Henry as starters. Cumberland might get bumped back. Szymanski might be a fourth outfielder. If there is an injury, well, that's why you have guys like Greenberg in camp. That's all assuming that they don't move Frazier to the outfield.

It will be very interesting to see what they do with the Louisville outfield. The other name on the list would be Dorn. If Jones and Gomes stick with the Reds, then the Triple-A outfield would feature Stubbs, Dorn, McDonald, Nix, and probably either Hopper or Anderson.

BRM
03-04-2009, 11:20 AM
It will be very interesting to see what they do with the Louisville outfield. The other name on the list would be Dorn. If Jones and Gomes stick with the Reds, then the Triple-A outfield would feature Stubbs, Dorn, McDonald, Nix, and probably either Hopper or Anderson.

Guys like Anderson and McDonald are just organizational filler. Hopper probably even fits that bill. I would expect Stubbs, Dorn, and either Nix or Cumberland to get the bulk of the time in the Louisville OF.

Scrap Irony
03-04-2009, 02:36 PM
I'm guessing Dorn in LF, Stubbs in CF, Cumberland in RF, with Nix or Hopper as AAA insurance (with the other released) as a rotating OF and DH. That screws MacDonald, IMO.

BRM
03-04-2009, 02:44 PM
That screws MacDonald, IMO.

I don't think the Reds are all that concerned about that. Nor should they be.

JaxRed
03-04-2009, 03:06 PM
It's just a guess, but I kind of think Dorn will start in AA. Redsof72..... there was talk about moving Henry to IF. Putting him at 2b in AA wold make a lot of sense. You heard anything more about that?

corkedbat
03-04-2009, 03:15 PM
Darnell Mcdonald, Laynce Nix, Drew Stubbs, Drew T. Anderson, Norris Hopper, Jacque Jones, Shaun Cumberland, and Michael Griffen, and Johnny Gomes should all be at least at AAA, and now Greenberg... Too many outfielders

Gomes gives them a RH bat with pop and a nice platoon option. I think he makes the Opening day roster.

BRM
03-04-2009, 03:16 PM
It's just a guess, but I kind of think Dorn will start in AA.

He has nothing left to prove there but I guess it wouldn't surprise me if the Reds do that.

OnBaseMachine
03-23-2009, 06:36 PM
Cincinnati Reds
Released: C Humberto Cota
Placed on restricted list: RHP Randall Linebaugh, RHP Brandon Rice, LHP Tyler Pelland, C Ryan Jorgensen, OF B.J. Szymanski
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Carlos Fisher, RHP Sam LeCure, RHP Robert Manuel, LHP Matt Maloney, C Craig Tatum
Optioned to Double-A: 3B Juan Francisco

The lefthanded-hitting Francisco, 21, heads to Double-A with a monster winter ball campaign in his back pocket. He batted .360/.419/.665 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs in 40 Dominican League games, all while showing a level of selectivity (12 walks, 34 strikeouts) that seemed absolutely foreign. (He walked just 19 times in 127 regular-season games.) Playing in power-suppressing leagues really makes Francisco’s resume sing—he topped the Midwest League with 25 home runs in 2007 and followed that up by leading the Florida State League with 62 extra-base hits last year.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=2820#more-2820

TRF
03-23-2009, 06:42 PM
I guess the rumor about Pelland retiring has a little merit to it. I'm hoping time off helps him heal and he gets healthy enough to give it another go.

JayBruceFan
03-23-2009, 06:57 PM
What's the deal with Brandon Rice?

I have been hearing about this guy for 2-3 seasons now and he hasn't done anything

camisadelgolf
03-23-2009, 07:57 PM
What's the deal with Brandon Rice?

I have been hearing about this guy for 2-3 seasons now and he hasn't done anything
He had a lot of polish coming out of high school, but he never figured out a way to miss bats. I think he's a 'project' pick that never worked out, so I'd imagine he's taking time away from baseball.

OnBaseMachine
04-01-2009, 06:47 PM
Cincinnati Reds
Released: RHP Rafael Ceballos, RHP Juan Rafael, RHP Efrain Rodriguez, RHP Jeremy Vinyard, RHP Dan Zeffiro, LHP Jamie Arneson, LHP Aaron Fultz, C Todd Waller, 1B Mike McKennon, 1B Daryle Ward, 2B Darrick Hale
Traded: 2B Drew Anderson to Rays for future considerations
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Ramon Ramirez, 2B Danny Richar

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=3011#more-3011

camisadelgolf
04-01-2009, 07:27 PM
Released: RHP Rafael Ceballos, RHP Juan Rafael, RHP Efrain Rodriguez, RHP Jeremy Vinyard, RHP Dan Zeffiro, LHP Jamie Arneson, LHP Aaron Fultz, C Todd Waller, 1B Mike McKennon, 1B Daryle Ward, 2B Darrick Hale
A lot of those guys shouldn't have any trouble at all catching on with other teams.

Rafael Ceballos - disastrous in the GCL
Juan Rafael - good peripherals; can he get advanced hitters out?
Efrain Rodriguez - good control for his age but doesn't miss bats
Jeremy Vinyard - too raw
Dan Zeffiro - needs to develop better stuff
Jamie Arneson - good potential but way too wild; $245,000 signing bonus means he might be the most expensive draft bust of the Krivsky era
Aaron Fultz - decent track record but past his prime
Todd Waller - no stick
Mike McKennon - good power, but rest of his game isn't good enough
Daryl Ward - severely lacking in versatility
Darrick Hale - can hold his own but has very little projection

OnBaseMachine
04-07-2009, 12:53 AM
Cincinnati Reds
Released: RHP Derrick Conatser, RHP Enrique Garcia, RHP Justin James, RHP Luis Pardo, LHP Ron Flores, LHP David Torcise, C Eddy Rodriguez, OF Adam Greenberg, OF Jacque Jones
Recalled: OF Norris Hopper
Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Daryl Thompson, OF Norris Hopper
Outrighthed to Triple-A and removed from 40-man: OF Norris Hopper

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=3076#more-3076