The Rocky Mountain News is reporting that the Reds are getting ready to sign Josh Fogg. Their source says it’ll be a one-year deal with a base salary of $1 million, which is very interesting considering the Rockies apparently offered him $5 million for 1 year. Guess he wanted to test the waters and see if he could land a big multi-year deal and it didn’t happen for him.
Numbers-wise he’s 60-60 over 7 big-league seasons. 10-9 last year with a 4.94 ERA. The best ERA he’s posted in a complete season is 4.35, and that was his rookie year. Horrible WHIP guy (1.52 and 1.54 the past two seasons), doesn’t get many strikeouts at all. Not a very good hitter either.
I do think it would be cool for the Reds to have a pitcher whose nickname is the “Dragon Slayer,” even if it came as a result of something he achieved with another team. He earned the name, by the way, by defeating the likes of Mussina, Schilling and Brandon Webb during the 2007 season.
I don’t know … do we really need another guy who eats up innings? Because aside from the “getting up for big games” thing that’s about all he does. I guess he’d be a serviceable fourth or fifth starter, if Volquez isn’t ready for that. But Fogg really isn’t even in the same class talent-wise as Blanton.