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TRF
08-06-2009, 04:26 PM
For me, this year's star that I had lobbied for in the past was Edwin Jackson. He was showing signs of being what he was hyped to be last year, and while pitching half his games in Detroit certainly helps, he's been an absolute BEAST this year.

As for the not, I wanted the Reds to make a run for Furcal. Injured a lot and this year not really up to his past standards. He's still a phenomenal talent, but I'm not sure he'll ever have another great season.

Homer Bailey
08-06-2009, 04:33 PM
I'm not sure I'd call Gavin Floyd a "star", but he's a guy I thought we should take a flyer on back when he was struggling with Philly. How did the Sox acquire him again? I honestly don't remember. I wanted the Reds to sign Torii Hunter when he was a free agent, but I knew that had next to no chance. I saw him play two times live and that was all I needed to see. Guy can just flat out cover ground.

I was wrong about Furcal as well. Although, I will say that just because he is not succeeding in LA, it doesn't mean he wouldn't have succeeded here. He's also hitting about .300 over his last month.

dougdirt
08-06-2009, 04:41 PM
I really wanted the Reds to get Jeff Clement when he was blocked (still is and still kind of want to see him but he was just traded to Pittsburgh). He hasn't done much at the MLB level though.

This past offseason I really wanted to see the Reds go after Juan Rivera who is hitting .311/.350/.521 with 22 walks, 34Ks and a 123 OPS+ for Anaheim right now.

*BaseClogger*
08-06-2009, 04:53 PM
Over the last few years here on RZ I have lobbied for a lot of different players. Some of the ones I remember:

Chris Capuano, Ian Snell, Chris Shelton, David Aardsma, Ryan Sheally, Brandon Inge, Rich Hill, Aubrey Huff, Brian Anderson, Adrian Beltre, Andy Marte, Derek Lowe, Trever Miller, Khalil Greene, Brian Schneider, Coco Crisp, Melky Cabrera, Clint Barmes, Jonathan Sanchez, Josh Willingham, Javier Vazquez, Felipe Lopez, Ty Wigginton, Elijah Dukes, and Reggie Willits.

You can decide for yourself which ones would have been good moves...

Homer Bailey
08-06-2009, 04:59 PM
Over the last few years here on RZ I have lobbied for a lot of different players. Some of the ones I remember:

Ian Snell, Chris Shelton, David Aardsma, Ryan Sheally, Brandon Inge, Aubrey Huff, Adrian Beltre, Derek Lowe, Trever Miller, Khalil Greene, Brian Schneider, Coco Crisp, Melky Cabrera, Clint Barmes, Jonathan Sanchez, Josh Willingham, Javier Vazquez, Felipe Lopez, Ty Wigginton, Elijah Dukes, and Reggie Willits.

You can decide for yourself which ones would have been good moves...

Hard to believe that One particular player has the 2nd most strikeouts (as a pitcher) since 2000. Probably not hard to figure out based on the list, but could you think of the name if you didn't have the list?

Patrick Bateman
08-06-2009, 05:00 PM
Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton were guys I wanted.... I'll be the first to admit I was lucky on those guys.

Then again, I have more than enough misses to cancel them out lol.

*BaseClogger*
08-06-2009, 05:08 PM
Hard to believe that One particular player has the 2nd most strikeouts (as a pitcher) since 2000. Probably not hard to figure out based on the list, but could you think of the name if you didn't have the list?

Easily. Javier Vazquez. He's my favorite pitcher in baseball, and always on my fantasy teams...

Strikes Out Looking
08-06-2009, 05:33 PM
Homeboy Kevin Youkilis.

Years ago, in the 80's, I wanted Mark Langston. I can't even remember why.

Benihana
08-06-2009, 05:45 PM
Homeboy Kevin Youkilis.

Years ago, in the 80's, I wanted Mark Langston. I can't even remember why.

A poster named "relaxed larry" suggested the Reds trade Barry Larkin for a Red Sox minor leaguer named Kevin Youkilis...in 2002.

Anyone else remember that?

HeatherC1212
08-06-2009, 05:46 PM
This past offseason I really wanted to see the Reds go after Juan Rivera who is hitting .311/.350/.521 with 22 walks, 34Ks and a 123 OPS+ for Anaheim right now.

This is the first thing that came to me when I saw this thread. I knew how he had played for the Angels in the past and REALLY wanted him to come play for the Reds. *sigh* :(

bucksfan2
08-06-2009, 05:49 PM
A poster named "relaxed larry" suggested the Reds trade Barry Larkin for a Red Sox minor leaguer named Kevin Youkilis...in 2002.

Anyone else remember that?

Weren't you the one who was really hot on Chris Capuano a year or so ago?

I couldn't really say who I wanted as a FA but I remember watching Owings pitch as a DBack and said I would really like to see him as a Red. I also really want Victorino but that isn't happening anytime soon.

nate
08-06-2009, 05:53 PM
I currently think Nyjer Morgan is who Wayne/Dusty/Walt wanted Corey Patterson/Willy Taveras to be.

Chip R
08-06-2009, 05:53 PM
This is the first thing that came to me when I saw this thread. I knew how he had played for the Angels in the past and REALLY wanted him to come play for the Reds. *sigh* :(


I could have sworn JimBo brought him to ST sometime in the early 2000s. I also heard that he was stealing teammates gear when he was with the Yankees or is that someone else I'm thinking of?

*BaseClogger*
08-06-2009, 05:54 PM
Weren't you the one who was really hot on Chris Capuano a year or so ago?

Ah, yes. Chris Capuano. I was so for that guy. I'll have to add him to my list...

wolfboy
08-06-2009, 06:00 PM
I could have sworn JimBo brought him to ST sometime in the early 2000s. I also heard that he was stealing teammates gear when he was with the Yankees or is that someone else I'm thinking of?

Former Red Ruben Rivera?

Benihana
08-06-2009, 06:05 PM
Weren't you the one who was really hot on Chris Capuano a year or so ago?


Yep.

Chris Capuano
Wladimir Balentien
Adam Jones
Jeremy Sowers
Brandon Phillips
Jose Reyes
Wilson Betemit
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Matt Kemp
Matt Holliday
Brian Anderson (the OF)
Erik Bedard
Magglio Ordonez
Taylor Teagarden
Elvis Andrus
Yunel Escobar
Chin Long-Hu
Rich Hill
Andy Marte
Chad Billingsley
Jon Lester
Kevin Youkilis
Rocco Baldelli
Clayton Kershaw
Lastings Milledge
Delmon Young
Elijah Dukes
Matt LaPorta
Alex Rios
Aaron Heilman

are some of the guys I have pined for over the last five years- almost all of them either before or within a year of making their major league debuts (with a few veterans like Magglio, Rios, and Bedard being the exceptions.)

I was also very pleased with the acquisitions of Ruben Mateo, Russell Branyan, Josh Hamilton, Jonny Gomes, Jorge Cantu, D'Angelo Jimenez, Jose Guillen, and Corey Patterson (yikes!) at the time that they were made.

(There have definitely been some hits and some misses, but in case you can't tell, I LOVE picking up former top prospects on the cheap.)

Coffeybro
08-06-2009, 06:19 PM
Todd Coffey
Just saying now that he isn't handicapped by a mandatory pitching philosophy that he is having a great year. :cool:
STATS SUMMARY
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
4 1 2.22 50 0 0 0 2 5 56.2 51 14 14 3 2 14 49 .250 1.15 1.83

oneupper
08-06-2009, 06:21 PM
Todd Coffey is my favorite Brewer. Nice to see things going well for him, Coffeybro.

*BaseClogger*
08-06-2009, 06:32 PM
Brian Anderson (the OF)
Rich Hill
Andy Marte

Me too...

OnBaseMachine
08-06-2009, 06:45 PM
Cliff Lee, Ervin Santana, Erick Aybar, Wladimir Balentien, Andy Marte, Chin-lung Hu, Lastings Milledge...

StillFunkyB
08-06-2009, 07:03 PM
Todd Coffey
Just saying now that he isn't handicapped by a mandatory pitching philosophy that he is having a great year. :cool:
STATS SUMMARY
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
4 1 2.22 50 0 0 0 2 5 56.2 51 14 14 3 2 14 49 .250 1.15 1.83

Would look real nice if the team part of that said CIN rather than MIL.

:(

It would be really nice to know why the Reds keep around players like Mike Lincoln and let guys like your brother get away. Ridiculous.

cincrazy
08-06-2009, 07:53 PM
I lobbied hard for Bedard. And was willing to pay to make it happen. Whoops.

I also wanted to see Dye in LF for the Reds. And I think if that would have become reality, we wouldn't have struck the iceberg quite yet.

Patrick Bateman
08-06-2009, 08:08 PM
Todd Coffey
Just saying now that he isn't handicapped by a mandatory pitching philosophy that he is having a great year. :cool:
STATS SUMMARY
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
4 1 2.22 50 0 0 0 2 5 56.2 51 14 14 3 2 14 49 .250 1.15 1.83

Good to see you around here Coffeybro. Couldn't be happier to see Too breaking out this year.

Rojo
08-06-2009, 08:30 PM
I lobbied hard for Bedard. And was willing to pay to make it happen. Whoops.

I also wanted to see Dye in LF for the Reds. And I think if that would have become reality, we wouldn't have struck the iceberg quite yet.

A lot of people wanted Bedard to happen, Zito as well.

RedsManRick
08-06-2009, 08:35 PM
I was among the leaders of the Todd Coffey bandwagon -- definitely good to see him having success.

I was also very high on Tim Lincecum and was quite disappointed with the drafting of Stubbs.

I've had my misses too, including Matt Belisle, but hopefully I've learned from them.

Chip R
08-06-2009, 08:45 PM
Former Red Ruben Rivera?

Yeah, I think you're right.

Always Red
08-06-2009, 08:52 PM
Todd Coffey
Just saying now that he isn't handicapped by a mandatory pitching philosophy that he is having a great year. :cool:
STATS SUMMARY
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
4 1 2.22 50 0 0 0 2 5 56.2 51 14 14 3 2 14 49 .250 1.15 1.83

:thumbup:

:clap::clap::clap:

Always Red
08-06-2009, 08:54 PM
miss- Chris Denorfia.

I really thought he could play a fine defensive CF and post a .750+ OPS.

I was mostly upset that he never got a chance (which he definitely earned), but he never caught on with the A's, either.

REDREAD
08-06-2009, 09:30 PM
Todd Coffey
Just saying now that he isn't handicapped by a mandatory pitching philosophy that he is having a great year. :cool:
STATS SUMMARY
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
4 1 2.22 50 0 0 0 2 5 56.2 51 14 14 3 2 14 49 .250 1.15 1.83

Great to see you again. Glad your brother was "saved" from the Reds and is thriving now.

My best pick was Cliff Lee, right after the 2007 season when he was coming off that 6+ ERA year. Although I didn't expect him to rebound that nicely.

SirFelixCat
08-07-2009, 12:13 AM
Todd Coffey
Just saying now that he isn't handicapped by a mandatory pitching philosophy that he is having a great year. :cool:
STATS SUMMARY
W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
4 1 2.22 50 0 0 0 2 5 56.2 51 14 14 3 2 14 49 .250 1.15 1.83

:thumbup:

When I saw him brought in the other night to face Manny @ Chavez Ravine, I thought of you and how happy your bro must be being out of here (Cincy). Congrats to your brother and I wish him success (vs everyone not in Red ;) )