Thanks to our buddy over at Rain Delay for bringing to my attention the fact that the Reds have traded Travis Chick to the Mariners for left-handed pitcher Eddie Guardado and cash.
Chick was the more loudly touted of the pitching prospects that we got in exchange for Joe Randa in July last season. The other player gotten in that trade Justin Germano is currently rocking a 4.20 ERA with the AAA Louisville Bats.
There was so much hype about Chick; I'm sorry I won't get to see him in action. What's up with this Guardado character? Is he the answer to our prayers or Krivsky's revenge against Shackelford for embarrassing the organization so?
The official site has a little more to say on the matter:
“I know him well,” Krivsky said from Sarasota, Fla, where he was watching the club's Class A team. “We've got a really good relationship. I feel he's got a lot left. We feel that he can go into the closer's role and we're excited to have him.”
In 28 relief appearances this season, Guardado was 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA and five saves. Earlier this season, he lost his closer's job to J.J. Putz and was unhappy in a setup role.
Much as I like Todd Coffey, he hasn't been putting it together as our closer lately. I don't know if it's the pressure of being the only decent one in the bullpen or what, but he might benefit from a little time in the setup role.
Even more interestingly:
According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the Commissioner's office had to approve the trade because Seattle is picking up a majority of Guardado's remaining $6.25 million salary for 2006. He signed a three-year, $17 million deal with the Mariners in December 2003 after spending 1993-2003 with the Twins.
You go, Krivsky.