Winging my way west
Today is the last day before Reds Spring Training starts and I’m making my way to Arizona. I’m currently in Chicago, connecting for a little bit.
*There were a couple of things I didn’t get to on Wednesday. Many readers are wondering about RHP Brett Marshall, who was claimed off of waivers from the Cubs. Marshall was with the Yankees organization until December. Reds GM Walt Jocketty said that Marshall is added depth at the Triple-A level.
“I talked to him and he sounded like a good kid,” Jocketty said. “We had good reports on him. He had one of the best changeups in the Yankees organization. He’s a sinkerballer with a good slider. He’s got a couple of [Minor League] options left.
*Marshall was assigned No. 41.
*Many fans were dissatisfied about the Reds’ off-season. I can’t argue your feelings because the team did not address the holes it wanted to fix. But if there was one team that fared worse, it had to be the Pirates. Their winter worsened some more when rotation stabilizer A.J. Burnett decided to not retire or return to Pittsburgh and then agreed to terms on a one-year contract. with the Phillies worth $16 million. Ouch.
I will have something later, perhaps, from the Reds complex in Goodyear –if the rest of the trip is smooth. I never assume smooth, however.