Originally Posted by redsmetz
I was curious about King's history with us. I see we drafted him and ultimately traded him as a minor leaguer (along with Chad Fox, another minor leaguer who became short lived ML pitcher) for Mike Kelly. And then I looked at Kelly and wondered why we gave up two pitching prospects for a 4th outfielder. Decent return on him though - we traded Kelly to Tampa Bay to get back Dmitri Young (who we'd just gotten from St. Louis a week earlier) - presumably a pre-arranged trade to keep Young with us. I'd forgotten that.
Anyway, I wouldn't be adverse to offering King a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, particularly if we can move Stanton's contract.
As I remember, Mike Kelley was a formerly highly thought of prospect that never really put it together. I think the Reds were rolling the dice that he'd somehow put it together in Cincy. In other words, I think Kelley was veiwed as a potential starter.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think we picked up Kelley before DYoung.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!