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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Reds sign Matthews to minor-league deal

Gary Matthews Jr. In a move that has been rumored since spring training, the Reds signed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor-league contract, the team announced on Thursday.

Matthews played 36 games for the Mets this season and hit an abysmal .190/.266/.241. While Matthews was being mentioned as a trade candidate for the Reds this spring, some inside the organization scoffed at the thought of Matthews making the big league squad.

Center fielder Drew Stubbs has struggled so far this season -- .231/.306/.382 -- but that's still better than Matthews, and Stubbs' defense is monumentally better at this point than the former Gold Glove-winning Matthews. The Reds also have another better option in Chris Heisey (.280/.368/.600 in 57 plate appearances), who is more natural at a corner outfield spot, but both of those are taken in Cincinnati with Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes. Laynce Nix is the fifth outfielder.

Matthews fits only where he'll be -- at Triple-A Louisville. The Bats haven true center fielder. Michael Griffen and utility man Chris Burke have been manning the outfield for Rick Sweet. The team has little other outfield depth, using two other part-time infielders, Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso, in the outfield, along with one-time prospect Wladimir Balentien.

Sure, the usual suspects will cry Dusty Baker and bring up Corey Patterson and Willy Taveras, and that could be an issue if Patterson were to make the roster, but that's not happening. There's no place for Matthews in Cincinnati and baring and injury, don't expect to see him there anytime soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 8:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Reds living up to their name

Cincinnati doesn't have much in common with Cuba, but the island has recently produced several Reds.

Yasmani Grandal is the latest. The Reds took Grandal with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Grandal is a switch-hitting catcher from the University of Miami, but he came to the United States from Cuba when he was 10, grew up in Miami, became a star with the Hurricanes and was a first-round pick for the Reds. That story is very similar to the Reds' 2008 top pick, first baseman Yonder Alonso.

Like Alonso, signability could be a question for Grandal. Alonso signed with minutes left before the deadline in 2008, finally signing a major-league deal.

Alonso was also born in Cuba. The Reds, of course, also have Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman pitching in Triple-A Louisville.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


 
 
 
 
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