February 21, 2008

Fogg Rolls In To Cincinnati

In a continuing effort to make Tom Shearn REALLY earn that rotation spot, the Reds have signed right-hander Josh Fogg to a 1-year contract for $1 million. Press release below.

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds Executive Vice President and General Manager Wayne Krivsky today announced the signing of free agent RHP Josh Fogg to a one-year contract through the 2008 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fogg, 31, last season for the National League champion Colorado Rockies went 10-9 with a 4.94 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance. During the Rockies’ postseason run he posted a 2-1 record in a relief appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies during the National League Division Series and starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the NL Championship Series and the Boston Red Sox during the World Series.

In 2007, Fogg ranked among Rockies team leaders in wins (2nd), starts (2nd) and innings pitched (165.2, 3rd). Eight of his 10 victories were against playoff teams or teams that were in the playoff hunt going into the season’s final week. In his last seven starts of the regular season he went 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA.

A seven-year Major League veteran, Fogg has posted a 60-60 career record with a 4.90 ERA in 197 appearances, including 179 starts, for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Rockies.

To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP Bobby Livingston (left shoulder surgery, 9/6/07) went on the 60-day disabled list.

3 comments to “Fogg Rolls In To Cincinnati”

  1. KC2HMZ says:

    I think this is a good signing. They’ve added an experienced starter with playoff experience for chump change. Similar numbers to what Livan Hernandez put up last year, for about $4 million less than it would have cost to sign Hernandez. They now do not have to rush one of the kid pitchers.

    Yay Kriv-Dawg. 🙂

    BTW, my apologies for missing this week’s NLC transactions update. I got DSL last week and over the weekend was upgrading software on this computer to take advantage of the faster Internet connection. Club auction on Monday. Club meeting on Tuesday. Class on disaster psychology on Thursday. Now it’s Friday already and RHM and Zeldink have covered the big ones very well anyway. May as well wait’ll Sunday.


  2. Zeldink says:

    Not to mention that they don’t have to give up any kid pitchers and pay more for a mostly equivalent pitcher, a la the A’s Joe Blanton. Ah, the advantages of free agency over trades sometimes.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yeah, not a bad trade, really. All-in-all, I haven’t been flabbergasted by *anything* that Krivsky has done or said this off-season. Good thing they’ve got Baker to fill the void.

    No worries on the transaction roundup, HMZ. I’ve been pretty crazy busy myself; we’re approaching another software release at work. That’s just how it goes sometimes. Still, baseball waits for no man!