From the DDN:
Article on the trades Brad Kullman made in his short tenure as Reds GM:
For Guillen, he acquired pitcher Aaron Harang from the Oakland A’s. While Guillen remains a top-notch player with the Washington Nationals, he was addition by subtraction because of a suspect attitude. And the Reds are well-served in the outfield, plus Harang is a solid starter.
For Boone, he acquired pitcher Brandon Claussen from the New York Yankees, a pitcher doing well with a high ceiling. Boone served the Yankees well until tearing up his knee in a basketball game, missed a season and is hitting .193 with the Cleveland Indians.
For Mercker, he acquired pitcher Matt Belisle from the Atlanta Braves, and Belisle is on the verge of becoming a closer. And the team reacquired Mercker.
There were those at the time that wanted Kullman to get the GM’s job b/c of his reputation of being, at least partially, of the Billy Beane school of thought. But Lindner went with another “old time baseball” guy.
And the rest is history.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.