Friday, January 27, 2012

Familiar Faces in Different Places


It goes without saying, but Cincinnati has been a major player during this MLB offseason. General manager Walt Jocketty and the club has been able to reel in several new additions to the team including Ryan Madson, Matt Latos, Ryan Ludwick and Sean Marshall, among others.

However, the franchise also parted ways with several players from its 2011 roster. Here's a recap of where and how those former Reds ended up in their new places:
Cordero will be closing games
in Toronto after his old team
passed over him in favor of
the younger Madson

Francisco Cordero RP (age 36)
New team: Toronto Blue Jays
How: Signed as a free agent in late-January (1yr/$4.5M)

Ramon Hernandez C (age 35)
New team: Colorado Rockies
How: Signed as a free agent in early-December (2yr/$6.4M)

Dontrelle Willis SP (age 30)
New team: Philadelphia Phillies
How: Signed as a free agent in mid-December (1yr/$850K)

Jonny Gomes OF (age 31)
New team: Oakland Athletics
How: Signed as a free agent in late-January (1yr/$1M)

Edinson Volquez SP (age 28)
New team: San Diego Padres
How: Traded on December 17th in a 5-player swap
Cincy shipped fan favorite
Alonso to San Diego to help
land an ace in Latos

Yonder Alonso 1B/OF (age 24)
New team: San Diego Padres
How: Traded on December 17th in a 5-player swap

Jeremy Horst RP (age 26)
New team: Philadelphia Phillies
How: Traded on January 25th for INF Wilson Valdez

Travis Wood SP (age 24)
New team: Chicago Cubs
How: Traded on December 23rd in a 4-player swap

Dave Sappelt OF (age 25)
New team: Chicago Cubs
How: Traded on December 23rd in a 4-player swap

Matt Maloney SP (age 28)
New team: Minnesota Twins
How: Selected off waivers in late-October

Jeremy Hermida OF (age 27)
New team: San Diego Padres
How: Signed as a free agent in mid-December

Fred Lewis OF (age 31)
New team: Cleveland Indians
How: Signed as a free agent in mid-January

All totalled, I count eleven departures from last year's roster (forgive me if I forgot a player or two). I wish good luck to all the players with their new squads.

One this is certain, after a rather quiet offseason to precede the disappointing 2011 campaign, the Reds were certainly not looking to sit on their hands this time around. To their credit they trimmed the fat where they deemed necessary and added more strength in areas of need (starting rotation, bullpen, left field). If I were a betting man, I'd bet that next season is gearing up to be one of the most promising seasons in Reds recent history.

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