It looks like the Reds have made their choice and after the fiasco in Sarasota earlier in the week, the Reds have decided to move forward to try to secure the facility in Goodyear, AZ. I don’t know this will affect the Reds Florida State League affiliate but it looks like the Reds will be playing spring ball in the Cactus League beginning in 2010.
The Reds made it official and they signed Jeremy Affeldt to a one year, $3 million deal and he has a chance to make a million more if he hits some benchmarks. Affeldt is a former starter who turned reliever and now the Reds are hoping he can find a spot in the rotation. Affeldt hopes so as well and the reason it looks like he choose the Reds was because they were one of the few teams to give him a spot in the rotation.
Here’s the problem. Affeldt is much better as a reliever then he is a starter. His career ERA as a reliever is 4.21 while as a starter, it’s 5.41. I also question whether Affeldt is up for a full season in the rotation because the most innings he’s ever thrown in a season is just 126. He’s going to have to keep those walks down for sure.
You have to love a dedicated city. Sarasota’s County Commissioners went through such a huge effort to get together and they got so much accomplished. They voted to do nothing for a while. With a 3-2 vote, they agreed not to vote on a stadium renovation plan that would keep Sarasota as the Reds’ spring training home. They did go the extra mile and decided to continue talking about it. Sharing the Goodyear facility with the Indians is looking more and more like a better option At this point, it looks like the Reds are going to wait for Sarasota to come up with their best offer, which at this point, looks like no offer.
Kevin Goldstein published his list of top eleven Red prospects and like everyone knows, there’s some definite heat at the top. Jay Bruce, Joey Votto and Homer Bailey are all bluechip prospects and they get five stars from Goldstein. Johnny Cueto gets four stars and those four guys will provide the Reds with a solid base to help rebuild the franchise. Who knows, the Reds could get a perfect storm of awesome seasons from their rookies with a last hurrah from Ken Griffey, Jr. and make a run at a playoff spot.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in seven runs in a Dominican Winter League game the other day. After a solid second half in 2007, lets hope that Encarnacion can emerge as the hitter we all know he can be. Hopefully he can improve his defense a bit and so he’ll become a complete player as well as a team leader.
It looks like the Reds are close to making another addition to the pitching staff as they get closer to a deal with Jeremy Affeldt. It’s looking like a one year, $3 million deal and while Affeldt has worked mostly out of the pen the past couple of years, the Reds may actually consider him for a spot in the rotation. I think he’d make a more valuable addition to the bullpen but that still leaves us a starter or two short.