23 Years and Counting...
Brandon (Charleston): What are your thoughts on the Reds acquiring Ramon Hernandez?
Joe Sheehan: It only cost them money, as they didn't give up much, and he makes them better. Hernandez is basically an average MLB player, and those aren't that easy to find behind the plate.
I miss Adam Dunn.
What is the real deal with Ramon's defense behind the plate? I've read everything from below average to above average. Is the truth in the middle and he's basically average?
"This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner
I can't recall Walt ever giving a bit player an expensive, multiyear contract.
Walt showed restraint on Affedlt. Whether you agree with the move or not, he did not panic.
Walt got Lincoln on a very reasonable deal (IMO)
Maybe Walt overvalued Weathers by offering him arb. Or maybe I'm totally wrong and Weathers does have 1 good year left. Really, Weathers is the closest accusation one can make about Walt "panicing" so far, and it's not a huge deal.
The days of Freel, Stanton and AGon type signings are over, IMO.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
They may not have acquired the next Johnny Bench, but the Reds have really improved a key area of need with the advancement of Hanigan and acquisition of Hernandez.
The Reds also have to fix some other clear areas of need.
The fifth starter slot, with its 7 plus ERA, needs to be better than last year. Maybe Owings and Ramirez does that, but otherwise someone new.
And the outfield. Griffey, Dunn and Patterson are gone and Hairston is iffy. These were the four main outfielders most of last year. Bruce and Dickerson are a good start. Need more.
Finally, the left side of the infield defense, another sore spot from last year. They may have to rely on maturation (third base) and good health (shortstop) for 2009.
Hanigan's not promising. He's a spaghetti stick with no speed. What he might be is a serviceable backup if he doesn't get overexposed -- play some defense, take some BBs and put together feisty ABs when he plays. That's got its uses. Asking for more was an idea with a massive trap door and the Reds clearly recognized that.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Suck it up cupcake.
It's foolhardy to give guys like Hanigan starting jobs based on limited sample-size ABs and middling minor league numbers. If he plays his way into additional ABs, that's a fine problem to have. But, until that happens, there is no sense in holding off on acquiring better, more proven players.
23 Years and Counting...