Breaking former Red news

Why so much about former Reds lately, you might ask? I guess it’s sometimes interesting to think about whether you miss someone. Like a former flame. Are you better off without them or do you kind of wish they were still around?

Anyway, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale Tweeted that the Giants have signed lefty reliever and former Red Jeremy Affeldt to a 2-year, $9.5 million extension.

From Nightengale:

Affeldt will receive $4.5 million in 2010 and 2011 with a $5 million option or $5o0,000 buyout in 2011. Affeldt was originally scheduled to receive $4 million this season in the final year of a two-year, $8 million deal but the contract was revised.

That’s pretty big bucks for a non-closer, but you could argue that Affeldt has been one of the best set-up men in baseball – and he’s only 30. In 2009, he had a 1.73 ERA and allowed 42 hits in 62 1/3 innings. You don’t exactly want a guy like that to get away anytime soon.

The year before, of course, he was a Red. Wasn’t quite as dominant – 3.33 ERA, allowing about a hit per inning – but he actually didn’t walk as many guys (2.9 BB/9) as he did last season as a Giant (4.5 BB/9).

Fact is, his ERAs the past three seasons have been 3.51, 3.33 and 1.73. Pretty impressive.

Anyone miss this guy? (Dumb question.) Anyone think the Reds were foolish for not keeping him around for more than one season?

2 Comments

  1. DanNo Gravatar

    With pitchers like Affeldt and Ryan Dempster having success post-Reds, you really wonder if the Reds did have a pitching coach problem the past few years. Yeah, that’s just two guys… but just makes you wonder a little bit.

    Any other guys have success after their stints with the Reds recently?

  2. Affeldt got the big contract because he’s downright nasty and had the numbers to back it up last year. When he was with the Reds the numbers weren’t as flashy but the stuff was there. I saw it. Should have hung onto him, although I think Arthur Rhodes is as good as it gets for another year or two.

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