Originally Posted by pedro
just looking at this offseason and considering what the market was for FA pitchers, I'm not sure that there was much the Reds could have done. Although I do think that packaging Freel with some prospects for a SP and signing a FA OF might not have been a bad move.
Until Cincy can "afford" decent starting pitching, start to aggressively target young pitching through trades or make it a top priority in the draft and international FA market, this franchise will start each season behind the 8 ball.
Arroyo-type transactions are pretty rare.
Shopping Freel would have been a pretty good move. It could have opened up a spot for Denorfia and then they could have went after Wilson to split time with Hatteberg and Griffey. Then Shafer could have remained since the need for Saarloos would have been reduced and Conine would have been nowhere near this team.
And I saw a quote from WK on the net today saying that Saarloos could be a fit in the bullpen. I almost died.
With the Reds, the right-hander could be vying for a role as either a starter or reliever.
"Either one, we'll see how he does in Spring Training," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "He's succeeded doing both. He's a versatile guy and a ground-ball pitcher."