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If the Reds are going to upgrade LF, they need somebody better than Doumit. It's true, Doumit could get hot, he's been better previously, but it's a gamble.
Catching? he could certainly add there, that's the Reds biggest weak spot offensively so far. But if you're saying that when Hanigan comes back Doumit rarely catches, then I see no point.
This fear of adding a catcher who will actually catch seems overblown to me. The Reds catchers are hitting so poorly this year, I just don't see the problem adding a catcher who hits and plays 40-50 percent of the time from here on out. A veteran who has worked with pitchers before.
Last edited by Kc61; 07-18-2013 at 04:18 PM.
Trade Idea with Milwaukee:
Milwaukee is obviously not going anywhere this year and they have questions going into 2014, so why not see if there's a match within the division?
Devin Mesoraco, Daniel Corcino, and Jeff Gelalich
White Sox Release Lars Anderson, Jeff Gray
The White Sox released infielder Lars Anderson and pitcher Jeff Gray from their Triple-A club, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports via Twitter. Gonzales says the Anderson release is presumably to clear some space for first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who we reported early this morning agreed to sign with the club. Anderson, 25, saw very limited major league action from 2010 to 2012 with the Red Sox. He hit just .194/.302/.251 in 66 games with the Charlotte Knights this year. Gray is a 31-year-old right hander who's thrown more than 140 innings in the big leagues. He logged 52 innings for the Twins last year, posting an ERA of 5.71. He had a 3.27 ERA in 22 Triple-A innings this year before being released.
According to MLB trade rumors today, Perkins and Willingham will most likely NOT be traded, along with Cuddyer of the Rockies. It seems there just isn't going to be anyone of even average talent (if there is such a thing) available to trade for. I would really be surprised to see Jocketty make any deals by the deadline. Our minor league cupboard is pretty bare anyway. If anything does happen, it will be a non impact player for the bench or a middle relief-short inning LHP. On those notes, with as poorly as our offense has looked at times, I surprised we are only 5 games out. If Ludwick can give the offense even a little boost, maybe we can gain back some ground. The time until Ludwick gets back will be critical, as we can't afford to lose much more ground.
Selig's 2nd wild card has taken a lot of steam out of the July trade season.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Concerning Doumit. He's terrible now.
His bat speed is way down if you watch him theses days. He's one of the worst defensive catchers I've ever seen, but he could pop a few homers, which made him kinda useful as a utility guy who could fill in at catcher. But he's 32 and likely to be getting worse with the bat with each new sundown.
On paper he looks like a decent pickup, but he's not an upgrade for the Reds at this point in career, imo.
Olt and Rizzo in the same lineup. That has the potential to be quite scary in a couple of years.
"Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?" ~ Jim Bouton
The surprising Pirates are said to be among the teams seeking to acquire White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, and people familiar with Pittsburgh's thinking suggest they wouldn't be surprised if the Pirates expand the talks to include Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, as well.
I am very concerned about how bright the Cubs future is beginning to look, especially if they can get some good arms to go along with Smardzjia and Wood.
I'm starting to worry that the 2013 Cubs organization is starting to look like the 2007/2008 Reds.
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