Anyone for Goodyear?
Sorry for the lack of blog action this past week. I was off on a stay-cation for my final break before things get busy and I head to Goodyear.
Speaking of that developing suburb, is anybody out there going to Goodyear to see Spring Training? I’ve got my place there and even though it won’t be scenic Siesta Key/Sarasota, I’m looking forward to the new experience. There will be new ballparks to see, new routines to learn and new highways to navigate. Anything has to be better than getting stuck on I-75 in Florida…right? Well if you do happen to be out there, don’t be afraid to say hello if you’re at the practice fields or ballpark. I will pretty much be there for the duration.
Although I would rule nothing out, it seems like the Reds are going to camp with what they currently have. How do you feel about that? It wouldn’t shock me if someone was signed just before camp, or even during camp. Orlando Cabrera is one of three free agent shortstops left on the market but I don’t see it happening. His price will probably fall but not low enough to make him a fit for the Reds.
Did anyone notice the signing of right-handed reliever Jose Arredondo on Friday? A minor league deal, it won’t do a thing for the Reds in 2010. But for 2011, it could be a shrewd addition for the bullpen if he is back and healthy. In 2008, he had 1.62 ERA while going 10-2 in 52 games for the Angels. A nice stat was his 55 strikeouts compared to 22 walks in 61 innings.
Arredondo is due to have Tommy John surgery soon and will miss all of next season. It should cap what has been a lousy off-season. After he was 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA, he was not offered a contract by the Angels in December and then was reportedly stabbed in the left arm in the Dominican Republic. The injury wasn’t considered serious according to the reports.
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