It's a trade
Sorry I’m late with a post today. I had to come to the ballpark late. I guess the first Reds trade before the deadline wasn’t exactly Earth shattering.
I’d love to tell you I know lots of stuff about OF Wladimir Balentien, whom the Reds acquired in a trade Wednesday for Robert Manuel. But I can honestly say I never heard of him before I saw the transaction e-mail from the Reds.
“I got some calls from people in Seattle,” Dusty Baker told reporters before I arrived. “He’s real strong, has some tools. He’s a better corner [outfielder]. Strong arm. Average speed. He’s a bit rough.”
The rough Baker could have been referring to: Lifetime in the Majors, Balentien is a .209 hitter with 122 strikeouts in 401 at-bats.
Balentien will be here on Thursday or Friday. On Friday, he will step into the cage against Edinson Volquez during his scheduled simulated game. He appeared in 56 games this season for the Mariners and batted .213 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. Seattle designated him for assignment on Sunday.
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