I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and 4,000 hits."
Sensible acquisition for the money, but it isn't the move that is necessary for them to become a legit contender.
Not goona put us in the playoffs, but not bad either - especially for the price. I like him as well as any of the arms left on the FA market. I still expect something like Tomko on a similar deal (possibly a minor league pact with a ST invite).
I doubt that Jockski (or is it Krivetty?) will give up on a major upgrade @ starter, but they aren't gonna panic and overpay either. I think the;ll continue working the trade market in ST, at the tradedeadline and into the next offseason as well as going after any top names that make it onto the FA market next offseason. I expect them to be successful by the start of the 2009 season (if not sooner).
Until then, I look for 2008 to unfold as a showcase for the young arms. I think Bailey, Volquez, Cueto and Maloney will be given every chance to make a permanent roster spot their own. Options, each other and the presence of guys like Affeldt, Shearn and (possibly later) Livingston mean that the club can make sure that they go about their business the right way and are not just handed a spot.
I like the fact that Affeldt can be used out of the pen if better starting options are there in ST. It's just aonther excellent reason to rid themselves of my number one targets (Stanton) too.
LOL, Jocketty had nothing to do with this move. He is nothing more than a impartial observer and becomes more important if Krivsky fails.
I like the pickup, he has upside ... unlike recent lefties like Cormier and Stanton.
What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand
There's a lot to like about this deal -- mostly that it's of the 1 year variety and costs the Reds nothing long-term if it doesn't work out. I like those kinds of deals when the target is an unproven commodity.
23 Years and Counting...
Have to say this a cross-my-fingers and hope. His appearances and IP show he was a less than an inning reliever, his splits are dramatically better at Coors than on the road (probably small sample size, got shelled on the road once or twice, who knows) and got hit harder by lefties than righties, and the aforementioned problem with walks. If they want to use him as a bridge lefty for a few outs, OK, but over that he hasn't had much success.
somebody's getting waived...
Only 2 or three times did he go over 2 innings at a time, so my guess is he was primarily acquired for the bullpen or like traderumor said, it's a hope and a prayer. I hope it's the first reason because we don't need another Danny Graves (successful bullpen guy who tries to start) or Kirk Saarloos.