After a fun and exciting day yesterday with the trade of Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from the Reds for Sean Marshall from Chicago Cubs and the Reds selecting Josh Judy off waivers from Cleveland Indians I have just found out that we might have missed a deal. I am reading that the “Cincinnati Reds signed [catcher] Brian Esposito as a free agent.”
Esposito was drafted in the 5th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Boston Red Sox and has been on six MLB teams, only two of which he actually played in the big leagues. St. Louis Cardinals for one game and Houston Astros for two. (3 AB, 0 hits, 1 SO) He is a minor league catcher who has played 12 seasons. (234 games in AAA and 238 games in AA) He is not much of a hitter (.216 BA in 12 seasons in minors) but his fielding is not to bad with 87 PB, 534 SB, 195 CS, 27% CS% in 655 games. This would mean they would have Corky Miller (35 years old) and Brian Esposito (32 years old) ready to come up if there are any injuries to Reds catchers Ryan Hanigan or Devin Mesoraco. I think having two veteran catchers like this in the farm system is a good move by the Reds.
This move has not been confirmed by Cincinnati Reds on mlb.com but it could be a move to help with the loss of catching prospect Yasmani Grandal to San Diego Padres in the Mat Latos trade. If this is a move that they did make it shows that they are very comfortable with playing Hanigan and Mesoraco in 2012. And it also shows that all of those arm-chair General Managers still wishing for Mesoraco in a trade to their team this offseason will have to wait even longer.
Wow, what a day for Cincinnati Reds. First they finally published the Sean Marshall trade with the names of the two ‘minor leaguers.’ Chicago Cubs traded LHP Sean Marshall to Cincinnati Reds for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes. Many fans were very upset all day about the news and most Cubs fans were sad to see Marshall go because of the type of player he is on and off the field. I am one of those that think this is a good move for both clubs, even if it is division rivals.
Many of us thought the Reds were done for the day after that news but no, they then announced that they claimed right-handed reliever Josh Judy off waivers from the Indians. Many people were not to excited about this move because they don’t know who Josh is, but once they get to see this kid pitch they should start to come around. He has a lot of promise and should work out for the Reds very nicely, either in AAA at the start of the season or in the Reds bullpen after spring training. Either way, it is a very nice move by the Reds to help fill up their 40 man roster again, which dipped down to 36 after the two big trades. I just had the pleasure of meeting @XS_Sports, (Excess Sports) they represent Josh Judy and we are all very excited to see how well Josh does in a Reds jersey.
Walt Jocketty told reporters that they are done until the New Year. Once 2012 is here though, they should get busy on trying to find a closer, they are still trying to re-sign Francisco Cordero and a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with other players for the bench. Of course Walt did not say how he was going to get those players but many think they will look at free agents for it. I think he is going to keep trading for what they need.
I had a blast today reading all of the fans comments about the trade and some of the messages on twitter by some of the Cincinnati Reds insiders were very positive and motivating. Jamie Ramsey said on twitter today;
“I’ve been with the Reds since ’97 and man, we had to put on a happy face during some really really tough years….” [Source]
“….this stuff we’re doing now under Bob C. and Walt is not only exciting, but it’s fun. Very encouraging and puts a pep in our step.” [Source]
Of course some upset fans had to jump on these comments and ruin the mood but it was still a very nice day to be a Reds fan. Walt will never make every fan happy, and he knows that but if this team wins the World Series, I am sure those very upset fans right now will find it in their hearts to forgive him.
Jamie Ramsey from Better Off Red reports that Cincinnati Reds get “LHP Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for LHP Travis Wood, OF Dave Sappelt and minor league IF Ronald Torreyes.” [Source] Mark Sheldon from Mark My Word also writes about the trade here.
I am amazed that Dave Sappelt was one of the guys to go. The Reds 40 man roster is now at 36. They have some work ahead of them now to get at least two more outfielders and a SS/INF along with a closer which should be first on the list still. Walt Jocketty must have a plan in store for this. I really can’t see him not having something set up soon in order to help with the lack of position players now.
Here is the link to the direct source.
As we wait for more information on the Sean Marshall and Travis Wood trade I have found many rumors that might help clear up why nothing has been said yet. Some believe that the Reds are trying to get a deal done with Marshall that would keep him on the team passed his one year contract. The physical for Marshall and Wood should be done and still no one knows who the two minor league players are. People are not even guessing but from what I have seen already this offseason if they were top prospects people would know and it would have leaked out when the trade was still in the early stages.
No matter what happens next, a lot of people think this is a good trade for both teams. Chicago Cubs get a young starter and prospects while the Reds get a left-handed setup man who might even help ink the deal between the Reds and closer Francisco Cordero. It is rumored he still wants to return to the team and with the two new pitchers (Mat Latos & Sean Marshall) added this might make him want to come back even more. I really don’t think Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty is done yet though. I have a feeling there will be one more trade before the new Year.
I have been busy fixing the sidebar for the blog today while waiting for more news about the Sean Marshall and Travis Wood trade. I decided to move the Cincinnati Reds feeds to the top since this is a blog about that team and I have added a few others. The whole reason behind so much on the sidebar is more for me then for other readers. I like to be informed of everything that is happening in Major League Baseball and this is a very easy and fun way for me to do it.
Many will complain that the blog loads way to slow because of the busy sidebar but like I said before, most of it is to help me stay informed. I hope that this reason does not drive readers away but instead keeps them coming back knowing that they can find all they need on one blog. I for one check the blog a lot and get all of my inspiration for posts from what is seen on the sidebar. I hope others see it the same way I do and keep coming back. I will be taking some feeds off when I see that some blogs are not active for a while and probably add more as I surf the internet and find more.
If you have a MLBlog and would like your blogs feed posted on the sidebar please let me know in the comments. I will gladly add and follow any baseball blog made. I am a Cincinnati Reds fan but I love to read about other MLB teams and what their fans think, so all baseball blogs are welcome.
You can read more about this by going to see what Mark Sheldon (Mark My Word) has to say about the deal in The merits of Marshall
If this deal is done and the Reds get Sean Marshall it is rumored they will get a closer from free agency, possibly re-sign Francisco Cordero. While other people think the Reds will use Marshall as the closer.
This is another trade that at first looks very one-sided but maybe after a few days it will look better. Of course it really depends on who else the Reds send to the Cubs. I am not a big fan of trades between two division rivals but maybe this is the only deal Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty can find right now to help his team.
This deal does not make a lot of sense right now because Travis Wood is under contract with the Reds for a few seasons and Sean Marshall would be a free agent after the 2012 season. Some people say the Reds just want to have him so then they can get the draft picks from when he becomes a free agent and signs with another team next offseason. If that is the case, I really am not a fan of this move at all. I really don’t think that is the case though. Having another lefty late inning pitcher is always good and people are saying he is one of the best late inning pitchers in the National League right now.