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    Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Athletics trade RHP Saarloos to Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Oakland Athletics traded pitcher Kirk Saarloos to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday for minor league reliever David Shafer.
    Each team also received a player to be named.
    The 27-year-old Saarloos went 7-7 with two saves and a 4.75 ERA last season for the AL West champions. After being Oakland’s No. 5 starter in 2005, he made 16 starts and 19 relief appearances last year.
    Saarloos had a chance to rejoin the rotation full-time this year under new A’s manager Bob Geren. Last week, Saarloos and the Athletics avoided salary arbitration when they agreed on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million.
    Shafer, a 24-year-old righty, had 26 saves and a 2.36 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga last year.

    And, as referred to below, the Reds signed Mark Bellhorn to a minor league contract...

    The team also announced today that veteran infielder Mark Bellhorn has agreed to terms on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to its major league spring training camp.

    The 32-year-old played in 115 games, batting .190 with eight homers and 27 RBI, for the Padres last season. Bellhorn has made more than 200 career appearances at second base and third base and has also played first base and shortstop during his career with the A’s, Cubs, Rockies, Red Sox, Yankees and Padres.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Saarloos is an extreme ground ball pitcher.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    I like it. He can be our #3 or #4 and bump some of our garbage off the end of the rotation. Unfortunately Milton won't be the garbage that gets bumped.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    If he's really an extreme ground ball pitcher than I really like it.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Krivsky dealing with Billy Beane really scares me.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Quick reaction...that's a move I don't hate.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    The same A's that gave the Reds Aaron Harang.

    Why not? Can't hurt.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Saarloos has a variety of pitches, including a 4-seam fastball, a curveball, a slider, and a changeup. However, his best pitch by far is his mid-to-high 80's sinker. For this reason, Saarloos is known predominately as a sinkerball specialist, and as such gets few strikeouts (batters tend to hit groundballs when faced with a sinker). In fact, his 2.99 strikeouts per 9 innings in 2005 ranked 3rd to last in Major League Baseball, and was the lowest mark in Oakland Athletics history for a starting pitcher.
    Hope he throws a bunch of groundballs.
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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Not a bad move being that he is a groundball pitcher in the Reds park. I wonder if they are planning on him being a starter or reliever. Last year for the A's he started in 16 games and relieved in 19 games.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    The same A's that gave the Reds Aaron Harang.

    Why not? Can't hurt.
    Very good point.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Could the ptbnl from the A's be the Rule V pick Burton that was selected from the A's? Plus I like Bellhorn added to the team for depth. I like Saarloos being added to the team.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    A groundball pitcher with a good DP combo in the middle infield?.....I like the idea.
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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Can't complain...I saw that he signed yesterday and thought it was a pretty good bargain.

    Pretty good move is my first thought, though his peripherals are not good. But he is a plausible option for a #5. This could solidify a pretty bad 3-5 in the rotation and a potential no shot at contending this season. But I think he is a good option to have in the rotation...option being they key word there.

    Where does that leave EZ?

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    So Krivsky has a plan? This one trade makes me feel better about getting A-Gonz. I would be in a panic if we still had Rich, Royce, or Castro out at SS.

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    Re: Reds trade for A's pitcher Saarloos

    Saarloos was first time arb eligible this season and can be a free agent after the 2010 season, so he'll be around for awhile if we want him to be.
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