Janish is that bad.
There's also a thought that Janish may never recover phsycologically from the beating he took in the big leagues.
This move allows them to stash Janish at AAA for depth. Valdez makes the team as the backup SS.
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They're sending Janish to Louisville to learn 2 more pitches to add him to bullpen depth.
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As Pedro said it's a depth issue. And to make anything more out of it than that is a waste of time and effort. Time to move on to the next issue at hand, overall organizational depth especially in the OF and pitching.
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Valdez is definitely better than Janish. C'mon now people! The shocking thing is that the Reds even decided to re-sign Janish at $800K instead of letting him walk.
He's decent depth and gives the Reds another relatively inexpensive option at SS. No earth-shaking deal but not bad. He is basically a tick better than Janish with the bat while Janish is probably a tick better with the glove. Paul goes to AAA and has to force his way back to the big club which is a good thing. If he does good for him. If he can't well - good for the Reds having Valdez.
This is an experience move.
The Reds are going to be quite young in 2012. A pretty young team already will add Mesoraco, Francisco, Cozart.
My view is they like Valdez over Janish because he has more MLB time and more playoff and pennant race experience. Also may hit just a tad better than Paul.
My guessing has been off lately, I guessed that Masset would be traded. Instead he was re-signed for two years at $5.5 million.
But I'm now guessing Janish will be traded rather than stocked at AAA.
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If Wilson Valdez is your everyday shortstop, your team is in trouble. Fortunately, it doesn't look like that's what's going on here. The Reds gave up a decent AAAA pitcher and got a serviceable infielder. Now I wonder who's getting booted from the 40-man roster.
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Janish is better defensively, I will give him that. But Valdez is no slouch defensively.
He's also going to give you around a .300 OBP, which is far better than anything Janish will produce. Not only is Janish a complete punch-and-Judy hitter, he hardly ever walks. So, his paltry batting average is roughly the same as his paltry OBP.
Again, no one is saying that Valdez is good. Only that he's better than Paul Janish. I'm sure Walt Jocketty agrees Valdez is better than Janish, or he wouldn't have made the move.