Re: Todd Jones traded
Jones was unlikely to profile as much in the way of draft pick compensation. The reds just pulled off a good trade to get valuable and cheaper replacements for the bench and bullpen for 2005-2006. If both are on the roster next year this trade is a very good trade. I kind of like Machado a little. He seems like Juan Castro circa 2001, except he has speed, which this team is sorely lacking. He probably doesn't even have Ryan Freel upside on offense but, he does have the ability to pinch run, and be a defensive replacement. A .345 OBP isn't that bad.