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    Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Per the Reds twitter page:

    RHP Micah Owings today was designated for assignment to make room on 40-man roster for top pick C Yasmani Grandal, who signed 4-year deal

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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Awww, that's not who I wanted to go and I'm probably the only one who feels that way. I hope Micah clears waivers and can stay with the organization somehow. He's a good guy and a decent pitcher when he doesn't waste away on a bench.
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    Adam Dunn for Grandal?
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    It's a shame. He had some real value as a long man and PH. But he never really pitched well for us and if you can't trust a pitcher to pitch... Given the depth of pitchers, it makes sense. I wouldn't be surprised to see a trade for a PTBNL or C prospect.
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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    It's a shame. He had some real value as a long man and PH. But he never really pitched well for us and if you can't trust a pitcher to pitch... Given the depth of pitchers, it makes sense. I wouldn't be surprised to see a trade for a PTBNL or C prospect.
    Don't necessarily get this. I see much more value in Owings than Herrera.

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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Quote Originally Posted by RedLegSuperStar View Post
    Adam Dunn for Grandal?
    Those two moves couldnt be less related.

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    My guess is the if Owings surfaces again with someone it will be due to his bat.
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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    It's a shame. He had some real value as a long man and PH. But he never really pitched well for us and if you can't trust a pitcher to pitch... Given the depth of pitchers, it makes sense. I wouldn't be surprised to see a trade for a PTBNL or C prospect.
    I don't agree with the part about "never really pitched well." Last year he turned in several solid starts when the Reds were getting very few of them. Back in April he was pitching extremely well to start the year.

    He wasn't consistent, but I think he did pitch rather well in stretches.

    I do agree that it's a shame it came to this, because of his value in the long relief and pinch hitting roles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksfan2 View Post
    Don't necessarily get this. I see much more value in Owings than Herrera.
    Ironically, that might have been one of the reasons that went into the decision.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jocketty went around the league and tested the interest in both players. Maybe it was clear both would be taken, but there was enough interest in Owings to work out a trade. Better to lose Owings in a trade than Herrera for nothing.

    Just guessing on this though.
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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNext44 View Post
    Ironically, that might have been one of the reasons that went into the decision.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jocketty went around the league and tested the interest in both players. Maybe it was clear both would be taken, but there was enough interest in Owings to work out a trade. Better to lose Owings in a trade than Herrera for nothing.

    Just guessing on this though.
    He has some flexibility because of the timing.

    He can first pass through revocable waivers to gauge trade interest. If something comes up, he can test the value of a prospective trade. If he passes through, he'll be able to assign him outright to AAA. If not, then he at least knows he has a trading partner. The most likely scenario is that either he'll be kept in the organization or traded for at least something in return.
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    Hate to see Owings go. For whatever reason I really liked him. I think he can be a major league pitcher for someone and he is still realativly young.
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    Not that it makes much sense to quibble with the back end of the 40 man, but I'd much rather send DRH packing instead of Owings. Owings could at least offer value to the team as a RH PH when rosters expand -- DRH offers absolutely nothing.

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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    One of the logical choices -- and also one of the marginal guys I really liked. I hope he's willing to give it a go as a hitter.
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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    To state the obvious, the Adam Dunn trade didn't work out too well for the Reds. Dunn has hit 77 homers and posted an OPS up around .915 since the trade (1,341 plate appearances) while Micah Owings has been DFA'd, Wilkin Castillo has struggled to hit in Triple-A, and Dallas Buck has pitched a total of 92.1 innings in the Reds organization while complining an ERA over 5.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: Micah Owings designated for assigment

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNext44 View Post
    Ironically, that might have been one of the reasons that went into the decision.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jocketty went around the league and tested the interest in both players. Maybe it was clear both would be taken, but there was enough interest in Owings to work out a trade. Better to lose Owings in a trade than Herrera for nothing.

    Just guessing on this though.
    I'd be very surprised if this surmise is not true.


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