Wait? We actually traded for a bat. Wowza! I am kidding with that remark. I am however very excited to see a very promising young hitter like Fransisco be acquired like the article said at a "nominal" cost. The only thing is I wish we could have gotten a right handed bat. With Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Michael Bourn, and now Juan Fransisco. The lineup definitely slants to the left. I am still pleased with the high potential upside of Mr. Fransisco. Reds need pitching and The Braves need hitting. Match made in heaven in terms of compatibility. Hoover as the article states has not yet found a way to change speeds. He knows two speeds: Hard and Harder. He could very well develop into the closer the Reds have always dreamed of if he can work on his control. I think the Braves all along had Hoover pegged the wrong way. I think with his skill set he should have been groomed as a reliever or closer to maximize his trade value. Teams like Potential All-Star Closers alot better than ho-hum middle of the pack Starters. I think the Reds saw this value in Hoover which is why they acquired him in a move considered to be somewhat under the radar.
Who has ever seen a 5-6-3 double play? Who is this idiot baseball blogger Dayn Perry?
Francisco was not going to make the Reds team breaking camp and is probably out of options, so getting anything for him is a plus for the Reds.
This isn't a trade made in strength at all. The Reds had no place for Juanderful Juan, who came to camp out of shape and didn't do any off-season work. He can't hit a breaking pitch and won't ever be able to. He will hit one 500 feet every so often and you will go, 'wow.'
But yeah, we're relieved in Redsland that we could get a AAA-reliever to replace Ryan Madson.
why not go after an established bat like Adam Dunn who loves NL pitching. Dunn's only 1 season removed from 40 HRs. White sox would love to eat some of his salary to a non AL team. Dunn could handle LF allowing Prado to play 3B.