Great point. Very possible.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
I just realized something about Arredondo that makes me more certain he was added to the 40-man roster for financial reasons. I believe his agent made an agreement that required the Reds to add Arredondo to the 40-man roster in enough time to allow him to qualify as a super-two player. In other words, if he spends all of 2011 on a big league roster, he will be eligible for arbitration in 2012 instead of 2013.
Did you read that agreement was made?
And if so, good job on his agent to get them to do that. I really liked the Reds signing him in preparation for 2011, I really liked him when he was with the Angels and think he could be a great asset to the Reds.
No I haven't, I really don't know/hear much much about the lower levels. I know some prospect names but I more so know, or can find out, about guys in Double or Triple-A.
Now with the Marlins (whom the Mudcats were with for 6 seasons) I knew everyone in the organization, from their general manager, to pitching coordinator, to their director of player development.
I haven't been able to make those relationships yet with the Reds, it's only been a year and a half but hopefully soon I'll be fully as "in" with their organization as I was with the Marlins.