Welcome to a Certain Scottish King and Salmon; Good luck Cormier
w00t! There's news!!
From C. Trent:
The Cincinnati Reds today acquired RHP Marcus McBeth as part of yesterday's deal that sent OF Chris Denorfia to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for 2 players to be named later and cash considerations.
McBeth, 26, is scheduled to report to the Reds' Class AAA affiliate in Louisville tomorrow. He is the 48th player acquired by executive vice president and general manager Wayne Krivsky since he was hired on February 8, 2006.
McBeth had been the closer at Class AAA Sacramento all season (8g, 1-0-5, 1.80, 10ip, 7h, 3r, 2er, 2hr, 1hbp, 3bb, 6k, .200oba). Last year, he combined to finish 3-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 59 appearances at Class A Stockton, Class AA Midland and Sacramento and ranked fifth among all minor leaguers with 32 saves.
I'm still hardly super-psyched to be saying goodbye to Denorfia for this fella, but I hope that once he makes it up to the team that he'll change my mind. In the meantime, it's just so exciting to have something new to talk about.
But wait, there's more!
And Cormier DFA'd and Salmon called up.
“Salmon has pitched well and we think he deserves the promotion,” Krivsky said.
Best of luck to you, young Brad Salmon. We're counting on you to make it all better. But no pressure or anything.
RHM, you have a spammer posting in the thread about the Deno trade.
McBeth is very highly regarded. He might be our closer before the season is over.
I’m really surprised we got a prospect like him for Deno (considering we’re getting another almost-ready player and cash, too). But I guess with 23-year-old Huston Street as their closer, they don’t need McBeth.
McBeth would have made a heck of a setup man in front of Street, though. He could have come in as a pinch runner, stayed in the game to pitch the eighth, then go play center field as a defensive replacement in the ninth while Street pitched. McBeth was a speedy centerfielder with a rocket arm, just couldn’t hit breaking stuff.
I did some reading. In college, McBeth used to clown around in practice by standing behind home plate and throwing the ball over the wall in center field. In the minors he’d stand at the left-field foul line and throw it over the scoreboard in right field.
I also read something from a guy who used to play against him in colege and still keeps in touch with him…the poster mentioned that the fact they both have two small children is one reason they keep in touch. So RHM, there’s something for his future Human League entry when/if he gets to Cinci. He’s a daddy!
Not surprised Cormier is the odd man out, Narron wasn’t using him anyway. Not that I’d have wanted Jerry to use him a lot, considering the way he pitched after coming over from Philly last year. That one wasn’t one of Krivsky’s good moves. Neither was signing him to a $2 million extension. But at least Cormier won’t be costing the Reds any wins…which is more than we can say for Eric Milton. >:-)