Re: Todd Jones traded
Machado is a lightweight, but at least he'll take a walk. The real question is what his acquisition holds for the future of Felipe Lopez and Rey Rey Olmedo. Does O'Briend seriously think Machado is good enough to beat out Olmedo (possible) and Lopex (improbable) for a job on the major league level?
Is Machado in the hunt for the major league SS job in Cincinnati?
IMO, no. More likely, he's Juan Castro with speed and a cheaper price tag. Machado has little in the way of a bat, but will help in other areas, assuming, of course, he's able to beat out Olmedo and possibly Lopez for a job in the Queen City.
Not a bad choice, but one that would be easier to find, IMO, in the offseason. (Thousands of Castro clones available in winter.)
The reason this deal gives me even a sliver of hope is Hancock, yet another soft-tossing RH with little room for error. He's pitched fairly well in the minor leagues (his 4.01 2004 ERA was his worst season in professional baseball). He's a middle reliever with little upside, but he may help for a couple seasons.
Really, bench ballast and middle relief chaff for an aging, overproducing middle reliever.
Final grade= eh, whatever
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