Originally Posted by Steve4192
If the Reds can get value for him on the trade market, I'm all for that. However, given that opening day is just a few days away, I'd say they either have no interest in trading him or they have not found any suitors willing to give up something of equal value. This leads me to believe a trade is not an option at this time, so the remaining choices are waive him or keep him.
As far as his walks go ... I was not aware that walks are the only measure of a pitcher. Arrendondo has posted a positive WAR in each of the last two seasons, strikes out nearly a batter an inning, and is very hard to hit. That more than makes up for his subpar walk rate.
We just disagree. I don't want relievers who chronically allow walks. Jose allowed over 5 walks per nine in 2011 and 2012. His propensity for walks wasn't much better with the Angels.
I'm also wary of relievers who get hit hard in the second half of the previous year. Maybe it was fatigue, maybe it won't repeat, but maybe it will. Call it "last impressions."
On the other hand, Parra and Ondrusek haven't exactly distinguished themselves this spring, so the choice may not make too much difference.