The Reds traded Jeff Keppinger to the Astros today for a player to be named later. Hopefully that player’s name is Reds-killer Roy Oswalt, though I doubt it.
Keppinger didn’t have a great spring training, and never really found his bat after coming back from a broken kneecap last year.
We here at OMGReds are big fans of Keppinger. He always kept it old school with the high socks…I think we’ll miss those most of all.
Dayton Daily’s Hal McCoy is reporting that Jermaine Dye is now a Red. Homer Bailey is being shipped to Chicago in-exchange for the right-handed hitting veteran.
Sounds good to me. This past season was not exactly HOMER-TIME. Plus, we need a veteran right-handed batter in the order. Any thoughts out there?
GAH! UPDATE! (12.7) Deal NOT done… Sox want more than Bailey… Dye & his agent haven’t heard a thing… DRAMA-RAMA!
UP-UPDATE! (12.7) The Reds are denying the deal at the moment…
UP-UP-UPDATE (12.9) The Sox are being patient with Dye… “We’ll We’ll just have to wait and see what the meetings… this goes in regards to everyone who’s on our current roster. We’ll just have to see what the week brings us.” – Sox GM Kenny Williams
It was pretty academic at this point, but the Reds and Diamondbacks officially completed the Dunn trade by dealing Micah Owings to the Reds. Word is he will be in uniform tonight for the Reds… in Arizona.
According to ESPN, KTAR in Phoenix is reporting that Dunn has been traded to the Diamondbacks for three prospects, one of which is minor league pitcher Dallas Buck.
In exchange for Dunn, Cincinnati will receive minor league pitcher Dallas Burk and two other players to be named later.
Buck was drafted by Arizona in the third round of the 2005 draft. Once a top-notch prospect, Buck’s draft status fell after had an elbow injury revealed on the eve of the ’05 draft that bumped him out of a likely first-round slot. He had Tommy John surgery last summer and had begun pitching in Single-A this summer.
Move questions and rumors abound these past few days. With the Reds in the tank, anything goes. After the Griffey action in USA Today yesterday, there’s now the rumor that the Rockies are interested in getting Josh Fogg back. Holla at ya boys, J-Fo!
The word around baseball is that the Twins have agreed to send superstar pitcher Johan Santana to the Mets for some prospects, including outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey. I really thought it was going to be the Red Sox or the Yankees who would snag Santana, but somehow the Mets got it done.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox offered left handed pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, arguably the Red Sox top prospects, and both with some major league experience. The Mets offer, according to Rosenthal, is maybe not so good for the Twins:
“The quality of the Mets’ package, though, is certain to be debated. Gomez, a speedy, athletic wonder, needs to prove that he can hit major-league pitching. Mulvey and Humber might only become back-of-the-rotation starters. Guerra has yet to pitch above Class A.”
So what does this all mean? Probably that the Twins will maybe suck for about two years, until more of their minor league talent matures and they make the playoffs in 2010 with a tiny payroll, and the Mets will have an even bigger payroll, another stud pitcher, and lots of disappointed fans when they once again can’t win the World Series, let alone the NL East.