Agree with Reds44, no defending this move.
Ludwick is only playing 2/3 days right now but you probably will see that bumped up to 3/4 and then 6/7. But Ludwick isn't going anywhere and has little to do with Byrd. The Reds aren't going to release Ludwick for Byrd.
That pretty much leaves the decision down to Heisey vs 1.5 months of Byrd. If this were 3 months ago when the Reds were running out Robinson and Lutz in LF then I would have an issue with it. Walt doesn't seem like a GM who is going to put in a pointless waiver wire claim.
For the record, I don't disagree that would have been the time to "get" him. But it takes two to tango and I'm not sure he was "gettable" then. Also, you'd be taking on closer to a million bucks than $150,000 at the pro-rated August levels.
I'm with you that MAYBE Walt might have a move or two in him before the deadline and agree that he deserves the benefit of that. And yeah, Byrd may not have been a terrific positional fit (before rosters expand, anyway). But I would be willing to bet that there is no player that will get claimed off waivers who represents better offensive value than Byrd could have off the bench.... and that's to say nothing of the implications about blocking the Bucs.
I'm sure Walt is content with the bench he currently has and doesn't believe in blocking other teams. I mean, how else do you explain passing on an .848 OPS bat (21 HR, 71 RBI) that has an OPS of .980 this year vs. LHP that could have been had for pennies?
So it's really too late for Byrd to get much playing time. Ludwick is the starting LFer, he isn't going anywhere, he isn't being benched. Heisey is needed because of CF.
XPaul's spot can be upgraded, but it's the spot for a lefty hitter. Not Byrd. So, yes, Byrd is not a fit. He wouldn't replace infielders, I don't see him backing up shortstop.
I think there's a need to wait until Saturday. There are obviously guys on the market, better fits probably. A lefty or switch hitting bench guy to replace X, a reliever. Nobody wants moves more than me, but this move didn't really fit the Reds.
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"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.