I'm surprised SD gave up on him so soon.
I'm surprised SD gave up on him so soon.
Reds should been all over him... now it also looks Giles to SD is imminent regardless (they had originally planned at moving him to 3B). We could have had a Barfield/Phillips 2B/SS, two players who are similar molds. Now the Giles bidding war is going to be a lot tougher as well. I bet we could have snagged Barfield without having to give up a Cueto or Wood... would take some talent though.
Great trade for the Tribe.
If I to pick one team next year to make the playoffs, that didn't make it in 2006, I would go with the Tribe. They were very unlucky in 2006 and with the recent Liriano news and this deal, it's looking better and better.
Last week, before the Liriano news, I had a buddy in Vegas check all the sportbooks out there for the best WS odds in 2007. The best he could find for the Tribe was 40-1 at the Mirage and I had him lay $50 on them. I figure $50 was a pretty decent investment for a team I feel is sure to make the playoffs in 2007. The Mirage also had the Brewers at 75-1, so I had him put $25 on the Brew Crew.
I never thought I'd say this, but Go Tribe!
Geez, I would have loved to have had the Reds to make that deal, especially since Barfield went relatively cheap.
"The Indians didn't have an up-and-coming second baseman in their minor-league system and would have been faced with finding one among a weak free-agent class."
Substitute the Reds for Indians in that statement and it remains true.
Good trade for the Indians.
"I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of bubble gum."
- - Rowdy Roddy Piper
"It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. I am not a big man"
- - Fletch
I like it. Young, inexpensive, solid potential.
Sounds like Brandon Phillips without the smile.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Kouzmanoff hit quite a bit this season, but I think he was just having the season of his life. He's 25 already and isn't considered a particularly projectable or athletic player (he was working out at 1B in the fall league). The guy began the year in Double-A. Andrew Brown, also 25, had some decent numbers in AAA, but the Indians have plenty of young relievers.
Would I have done this deal if I were Cleveland? Absolutely. Giving up, say, Matt Belisle and Chris Denorfia for a 23-year-old 2B like Barfield is a trade you make nine times out of ten.
And I can't imagine San Diego doing this deal if Marcus Giles weren't coming west. Unless Josh had some sort of major attitude problem/headcase issues.
I would have done the deal if I was Cleveland. That said I'm still not 100% sold on Barfield. I don't know if he's ever going to walk enough.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
2006 Redzone mock Draftee's- 1(st) Daniel Bard(redsox), 1(st sup)( Jordan Walden (Angels), 2(nd) rd.- Zach Britton(Orioles), 3(rd) Blair Erickson(Cardinals), 3(rd) Tim Norton( Yankees),(cuz its a Tim Hortons thing
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.
Those of you making predictions are really going out on a limb.
Kouz's minor league statline
IIRC, he also had a pretty freakish injury that delayed his ascent through the minors, which might justify his coming to the majors at 25.
Last edited by cincinnati chili; 11-10-2006 at 07:43 AM. Reason: added statline
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids
Good deal in that Cleveland needed a 2B and also needed to thin out some numbers for the rule 5 draft however I think Kouz is the real deal. The guy can hit, no doubts. The BP deal might prove even costlier down the road.