Originally Posted by paulrichjr
Is he better than Belisle? Ramirez? Shack? Loshe? even Milton? I want trades that make a difference not ones that just make it eenie, meenie, miney, moe in Spring Training.
WayneK just added a lot of fluff without adding quality in my opinion. (I know this guy is seen as bullpen help - another place that WayneK adds fluff)
IMO he is better at this point than Belisle and Ramirez, each of whom has had spotty numbers and injury problems. Shack is a lefty reliever, a whole different pitcher, not comparable. Saarloos is on a par with Lohse, who has better stuff but seems less consistent. Saarloos has been better than Milton in recent years, not as good as the earlier Milton.
Before this trade the Reds had no fifth starter, only hopes and prayers. This guy is somewhat better, so for not very much there is an upgrade.