Regardless, even if he did say that he wanted to be closer to Jasper, for all we know, he just wanted out of Canada.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
Stewart will start again Tuesday after having been skipped in the rotation for AA New Hampshire. He gave up 7 runs and 13 baserunners in 4+ innings on April 15, when he was pitching on normal rest, so they may be just managing his workload carefully (or he may have had a minor health issue), who knows. So, he'll be working on 12 days' rest.
Back to the Stewart argument for a brief moment. As of right now the Reds depth chart at P looks like this:
Where would Stewart fit? In the minors he wouldn't be ahead of Chapman and its unlikely that he would be ahead of Volquez when he comes off the DL. I do think you give Wood an edge because of handedness considering the Reds don't have a lefty in their rotation. I don't think the Reds are willing to give up on anyone in the starting rotation as of yet and even if they would do something with Harang or Cueto I don't know if Stewart would have gotten the call.
The only place where Stewart would be of help right now is in the pen. But then again you trade bull pen arms for guys like Scott Rolen every day of the week.
I think the reds want the 5 best pitchers regardless of handedness.
Right. It is not a foregone conclusion that Stewart will be a starter.The only place where Stewart would be of help right now is in the pen. But then again you trade bull pen arms for guys like Scott Rolen every day of the week.
When the trade initially happened, I hated it, but unless Stewart develops into a reliable starter, I'm really happy with it. Even if Stewart develops into one of the game's better closers, I'm happy with it.
Absolutely false. I noted many times that his role -- starter or reliever -- was in question, not determined either way.Its a foregone conclusion to everyone that favored the trade that he was just a bullpen arm though.
I remember a huge contingency saying things along the lines of "we got rolen for 2 relievers and a player with out a position"
Paraphrasing and generalizing obviously. There of course was a few who didnt care what we gave up they just wanted Rolen.
As I'm sure it's been noted somewhere in this thread, this trade is very reminiscent of the Kearns/Lopez trade. The Reds probably didn't get as much as they could have in terms of the perceived value of the players they gave up, but overall, it appears that the trade has helped the team more than it has hurt it. Sure, a lot more time is needed to know that for sure, but in the meantime, Rolen is a huge upgrade over EE, Roenicke is redundant (Fisher, Ondrusek, Burton, Bray, Del Rosario, Smith, Valiquette, Arredondo, etc.), and Stewart has yet to do much of anything.
I know this thread is about Stewart, but how good would Roenicke look in the Reds bullpen right about now?
Rolen has produced this year. no doubt. he's also missed a few games because of his back. Stewart has had a rough start. I thought it was a bad trade as I thought Frazier or Francisco could have stepped into the 3B role, while the Reds kept two high upside pitchers. It also would have allowed EE to go to LF, where he probably belongs.
But it didn't work out that way. So we can keep wringing hands over it, trying to prove to the other side how right we were or we can move on. And considering my post history, this is saying alot.
Suck it up cupcake.