I'm wondering if this guy needed a change in scenery. Also, if he's anything decent, toss him in the 4/5 slot, give'em the ball every 5th day and tell him to have at it. It happened in a way to Bronson Arroyo and to Aaron Harang. You never know what a little confidence can do.
Some people play baseball. Baseball plays Jay Bruce.
Darn, I wish Belhorn would have signed at this time last year. His Dad was a clinician at my vet school.
Saarloos for Schaffer is an uninspiring move to me. Nothing really wrong with Saarloos, but I don't see any reason for him to be a lot better than any of the Reds other candidates for the 5th spot. I would rather that Schaffer had been bumped up to Louisville last year and given a shot in the majors this season. The 2007 version of the Reds is unlikely to be any better than last years team. Better to take the opportunity to sift through the number of young relievers in the Reds system than to spend multi-millions on the vets they will be employing.
Does anyone think its possible that Jared Burton the rule v pick from The A's could be the ptbnl? This way if he doesn't stay on the 25 man roster the Reds keep him on 40 man roster but option him to AAA. If Burton stays on 25 man roster all year then Reds choose someone else from the A's?
Is he better than Belisle? Ramirez? Shack? Loshe? even Milton? I want trades that make a difference not ones that just make it eenie, meenie, miney, moe in Spring Training.
WayneK just added a lot of fluff without adding quality in my opinion. (I know....I know... this guy is seen as bullpen help - another place that WayneK adds fluff)
Tim McCarver: Baseball Quotes
I remember one time going out to the mound to talk with Bob Gibson. He told me to get back behind the batter, that the only thing I knew about pitching was that it was hard to hit.
Maybe my sights are too low; but I think a guy like Saarloos could help, which is probably more than you can say for Cormier or Weathers (or Milton) this season. He was picked up for nothing.
Obviously, he's not a difference maker, but he may not hurt things, so that's something.
'When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.'
-Snoop on his retirement
Your Mom is happy.
Roto World's take:
Reds acquired RHP Kirk Saarloos and a player to be named from the Athletics for RHP David Shafer and a player to be named.
Saarloos went 7-7 with a 4.75 ERA and a 52/53 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings while splitting time between the rotation and the pen for the A's last season. He has a much better chance of continuing to survive in the majors as a National Leaguer, and he could be the favorite to begin the season as Cincinnati's fifth starter. Since he's only going to make $1.2 million this year, it's not a bad pickup for the Reds.
Reds signed infielder Mark Bellhorn to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Bellhorn would enjoy Great American Ballpark more than he did Petco, but he'll have an uphill battle to make the Reds after hitting just .190/.285/.344 in 253 at-bats for the Padres last season. He'll battle Jeff Keppinger for a roster spot.
Bellhorn is an interesting signing. He has a great eye, but plays bad defense. Very anti-Wayne. I don't think he can hit enough to be worthy of a spot move.
Saarloos struck out 11 in 5 innings. His quote is pretty funny. Reminds me of DanO.
"I've got it in me," the typical groundball pitcher said of striking out batters. "But it's not economical."
Saarloos threw 113 pitches.
"I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful
Saarloos sounds like we've signed a scary Star Wars creature or some sort of Harryhausen monster.
"RELEASE THE SAARLOOS!"
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
Besides the fact he allowed a homerun to Juan Castro, I like the move.
Before this trade the Reds had no fifth starter, only hopes and prayers. This guy is somewhat better, so for not very much there is an upgrade.