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I Can’t Believe I Am Saying This…

Posted by Matt on January 20, 2008


I can’t believe I am saying this but the Reds seem like they’re actually trying to give me something to be excited about in the offseason. The whirlwind of moves started with the signing of a “big-name” manager in Dusty Baker. Say what you want about Dusty’s ability to ruin young arms, his high profile name has forced the Reds to dig deeper in to their pockets than management is used to.

Then, in the most shocking move of all, the Reds signed a big-name, free agent pitcher in Francisco Cordero to a 4-year $46-million dollar contract, which is unheard of in the Greater Cincinnati area.  And shortly thereafter, former Saint Louis Cardinal general Manager Walt Jocketty signed a deal with the Reds to be a special assistant to the front office.  You have to love that move.

Add that along with the acquisitions of pitchers Edison Volquez (right handed) by way of the Texas Rangers and Jeremy Affeldt (left handed) — who was apparently the last solid south paw free agent left on the open market — by way of the Colorado Rockies just this weekend, and the Reds are actually creating some buzz. Now I hated more than anyone to see Josh Hamilton traded as part of the Volquez deal but face it, the Reds have always had the offense and what they’ve needed is pitching, so if Edison pans out the loss of Hamilton won’t seem as bad.

And finally, what I feel might be the best offseason move of Wayne Krivsky’s Reds tenure, the organization refused arbitration for Eddie Guardado and, more importantly, Eric Milton, a pitcher who was the best player on the opposing team on a yearly basis. Good riddance.

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in 27 days and I might be as excited as I’ve been in a long time. Reds coverage will amp up then as I’ll need something to pass the time and the Kentucky Wildcats will likley be mathematically eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by then…



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