Originally Posted by Colorado Red
I really think it would be good if we bring up Sanchez from Louisville in the near future. I think it would also be good if we signed LHP Curtis Leskanic and /or CJ Nit. to minor league contracts. If they did well we could trade a couple of LHPs relievers for some decent prospects and it would hurt our team. Sometimes AL teams really need a LHP bad who can only get out 2-3 LH hitters. We need to build up our minor leagues quality player base and this could be a good way of doing it. We could at least get some decent position players as minor league prospects.
I just don't want to see Jimmy Anderson in a Reds uniform again for a very loooong time!
I was thinking the same thing, though I hadn't read it in this thread until you mentioned it. I'm always seeing reports where teams need a lefty to get out just one guy during a game situation. Lefties have greater trade value. I'd love for this team to get Leskanic, also. It makes Graves even more tradable (to the White Sox?).
On another thread, here was Hal's response to the Sanchez question:
"Q — Why not bring in left-hander Jesus Sanchez for the bullpen? I thought he did well in spring training. I'd replace left-handed Phil Norton with Sanchez. — Michael, Dayton
A — Sanchez did very well early in spring training, but bottomed out late. He has done all right in Louisville. Norton did well late last season and, indeed, has struggled mightily lately. Being left-handed myself, I know how goofy and unreliable we can be. But just when you think we stink, we toss a little rose. Norton doesn't always stink like Ed Norton on The Honeymooners when he comes out of a sewer."
Personally, I know so little about the REDS minor leaguers. Is Sanchez ready to give him a shot? Would bringing him up now possibly hurt him in the future? Does he have control enough to follow the organization's philosophy of pitch-to-contact? With Bong having earned more playing time, would Sanchez be better off staying in the minors and getting starts, stretching out his arm for more innings next year, or would the stint as a reliever in the Majors be a place where he'll end up anyway?