Quotes on the trade

”I wasn’t sure what the Reds were going to do, then when they signed Brayan I kind of felt like they were going in a different direction. But I understood what they were doing and after that happened I kind of just took it in stride and developed a relationship with [the Rays] when I was allowed and got to know these guys on a fairly quick basis.”
— Former Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan

“Our goal was to try and improve our pitching depth and trying to find the best young starting pitcher we could add to the organization. I have to be honest with you that Holmberg was one of the guys we had at the top of the list. It was a measuring point for other clubs we talked to. This was the best deal we thought we could make. We’re very happy with him.” — Reds GM Walt Jocketty on acquiring LHP David Holmberg from Arizona in the three-way trade.

“We liked Holmberg, as did Cincinnati. With Jeff Pico now being their pitching coach, he certainly has history with Holmberg. He’s probably one of those guys who’s not a power pitcher, but he’s always put up good numbers. We viewed him as a guy who could be a back end of the rotation type starter. He got a little taste of the big leagues last year for one start. A guy who I think will pitch in the big leagues and should be effective as a back of the rotation starter. His name is part of this three-way deal to be able to move Bell and his salary and to get the prospects that we’re getting from Tampa. We had to involve them in this deal.” — Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers.

(Incidentally and speaking of Pico, the Reds are expected to announce their coaching staff under Bryan Price on Wednesday.)

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