Saturday, July 23, 2005

Reds Trade Randa

This morning, we said it looked likely, now it has happened.

Joe Randa was traded to the Padres. For the reasons listed below, its a good move. EE (who will be in uniform tonight) needs to be in the ML uniform--either he makes it or he doesn't, but he is done tearing up AAA.

Now, who did we get? The guys are Justin Germano (22) and and Travis Chick (20). On the surface, I like deal. German is going to Louisville, and is the #7 prospect in the Padres system, with a 7-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 19 starts with Triple-A Portland.

Chick may be the real steal, he is the #4 prospect in their system. He had the best fastball in their system, and is going to Chattanooga. He has struggled at AA, but looks to be a good find.

My view is that these guys take a two-month rental we don't need anymore, and turn him into two potential big leaguers. But that's just what I think. Let's see what the rest of the peanut gallery says.

On Red Reporter, the reports are positive. Note the comparisons of Chick to Nolan Ryan by the guy who signed Ryan. Also note the comment that WLW listeners preferred to have Randa signed long-term....boy, there are some people out there with no clue what is going on.

The take on Redszone is also good...note the intial guessing of who it might be, and then being pleased with Germano and even more pleased with Chick.

So, people seem to agree. A strong move where we could clearly afford it. Let's hope it pans out.

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