Added 3B Juan Francisco, LHP Matt Maloney and RHPs Carlos Fisher, Sam LeCure and Robert Manuel.
Francisco hit .277/.303/.496 with 23 home runs, 34 doubles and 92 RBIs at high Class A Sarasota, and didn’t turn 21 in the Florida State League until June 24. Maloney, acquired for Kyle Lohse in 2007, could battle for the Reds fifth starter’s job during spring training. Manuel doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, but his plus command paid off in 2008, as he earned a spot on the 40-man roster by going 6-3, 1.25 in 87 innings between high Class A and Triple-A. With only 32 men on their 40-man before the additions, the Reds didn’t have to make many tough choices. Lefthander Philippe Valiquette, the club’s seventh-round pick in 2004, is probably the most notable omission, but it was understandable seeing as he has yet to pitch above Class A, and he had a very rough (8.53 ERA, 10 BB in 13 IP) Hawaii Winter Baseball season.
I miss Adam Dunn.
I'm pulling for Sam Lecure. He's from my wife's hometown and an alum of her high school. My brother in law plays golf with his older brother.
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It looks like Pedro Viola didn't have to be protected. That's great because he's the one I really didn't want to lose. I'm hoping we can keep Sean Henry too. I think he could help the Reds bench within a year or two.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Me too. Big year for him coming up, as he could find himself in direct competition with Bailey, Owings, Ramirez, etc., for the 5th starter's spot.I'm pulling for Sam Lecure.
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I miss Adam Dunn.
Ran into Maloney last night while he was celebrating his addition to the 40 man roster.
I was hammered, and I boldly annointed him the fifth starter, and tried to explain BABIP to him.
Holy cow. I must have been so annoying.
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Regarding the failure to protect Henry, there is another way to look at it. Henry has played some CF, but has spent the majority of his ML time as a LF'er. That puts him in contention with Dorn and Heisey. IMO both would rate above him. Even more significant, however, is the potential need to move either Votto or Fraser to LF. Moreover, Bruce is established in RF. That makes Henry somewhat expendable. On the other hand, the Reds are short at C, SS, and LHP. Thus, WJ may look at this as giving up a surplus for a chance to draft a scarcity. I'd be very surprised if he did not try to fill one of these positional needs in Rule 5.
My guess is that Henry gets picked up. It is easier to carry a 5th OF that is not fully ML ready than other positions. His good AFL showing makes me believe he could contribute.
It doesn't bother me if someone didn't get protected, because if there's something the Reds have been good at lately, it's guessing who other teams might want and who they won't. The only two players they've lost in the Major League portion of Rule 5 in the past five years are Tony Blanco, who after his stint with the Nats in 2005 hasn't been above AA, and Carlos Guevara, whose trick pitch earned him all of 12 innings for the Padres this year. If the Reds don't protect someone, they probably have a pretty good reason.