Originally Posted by dougdirt
You do realize that Negron has better stats than either of the guys you mentioned him for, right? Phipps and Jones were hitting .168 and .158 respectively with just terrible peripherals to boot.
Chris Valaika now has nearly 1500 PA's in AAA with a .671 OPS. He has absolutely no value at all.
Ravin seems close.
Lutz says he is hoping to be back after the AS break (about two weeks).
Sure. I wonder if Phipps would still be scuffling if he was healthy. Since he's not playing we don't know. Look, I'm not high on any of them, but coming into the season, Phipps and Valaika were more highly regarded. Jones, well, he's left handed. And for the record, I was pushing Negron as a sleeper pretty hard prior to last season. IMO he has some usefulness, but had the Reds had another CF like Phipps or Jones when Stubbs bot dinged, I'm guessing there is a chance they would have been called instead. But for me, I want a number of options available who can play CF. The more options, the more likely the team may be to include Heisey or Stubbs in a deal for a real asset. If the Reds could get a big bat for LF that required Stubbs or Heisey as a CF option for some team, I think the Reds would be reluctant due to lack of options to play CF if the other goes down. I Phipps came back and started to hit a little, it may be different.
The Reds have dealt lesser guys than Valaika for guys who have helped in the big leagues. I'm not talking about dealing him for David Wright, but maybe some one like Mark Kotsay would be available for a suspect and a savings. The Reds got Jeff Keppinger for Russ Haltwanger and dealt Alex Gonzales for Negron himself. Non-prospects or faded prospect lottery ticket types are dealt for journeyman occassionally.