Mike Stanton was a type B free agent. The Giants get a supplemental first round pick but it does not cost the Reds a pick. Gonzalez was also a type B free agent.
Very unimpressive with Wayne. Though this may mean some other deals are coming(Bray moving again?), but old lefties in the bullpen make me ache. The way the Reds are going about it, he has to about 2008 to get it turned around and he isn't off to a great start. If he thinks the best middle defense since 1999 and Bailey/Votto(I really believe he feels both these guys are going to push the Reds over the top, I really really do.....) is going to do it, in the mortal words of Judas Priest: "You got another thing comin".
He'll be batting 8th in the NL, so OBP really doesn't mean much. If he can bring decent pop along with his glove then it's a solid signing.
We've already seen where tons of offense got us, nowhere.
It could mean hoarding LH to play the match-up game, but if that's the case the best guy for the role is Shack and he won't make the team now.
It could mean Cormier is trade bait. I hope so. As much as I don't really like him, I think he could bring something in this market (maybe as part of a package).
It could mean that Bray is going to be the closer and they are backfilling his role in the middle innings.
I think its very curious. He's not really an upgrade anymore over anyone they already have.
"You only have to bat a thousand in two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4-for-5."