It appears that Joe Randa has been traded (reported by ESPN). Acquired from San Diego are minor leaguers Justin Germano (22) and Travis Chick (21), both are starting pitchers.

Germano, who was assigned to Triple-A Louisville, was ranked by Baseball America as the Padres’ seventh-best prospect before the trade. This season, he went 7-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 19 starts with Triple-A Portland.

Germano did have one stint with the Padres last season. He went 1-2 with an 8.86 ERA in seven games, five of them starts.

Chick might be the best catch for the Reds in the future, though. The young right-hander was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the Padres organization by Baseball America before the deal. His fastball was rated tops in the Padres organization.

This season, Chick went 2-9 with a 5.36 ERA in Double-A Mobile.

So at least we got 2 decent arms for Randa it appears. Perhaps some one with more access to BA or BP can provide some more information on these two arms the Reds have acquired.

On the flip side, I’d have to admit it will be a shame to see Randa go. I was skeptical of his signing at the start of the year, but Joe turned out to be a pleasant addition to the ballclub. Even though he was misplaced in the lineup at times during the year, he was a class act and a good Red.

10 Responses

  1. Bill

    I’m not expert on what they received for Randa, but it sounds like OB got plenty for a guy signed to a one year deal. I’m thrilled with the deal.

    Now, if we can get something of comparable for Casey, Aurilla, Mercker, Weathers, and get someone to take Milton for anything, we’re on our way to being better in ’06.

  2. Geoff

    You guys got real good value for Randa. Germano is closer to the big leagues and is probably a back-end rotation guy. Chick has struggled this year at Double-A but has #2 or #3 type stuff. Nice deal for the Reds.

  3. Jim McCullough

    I advise fans to check out The Baseball Cube for complete minor league stats as well as the MLB stats. Usually a Google search of player name and the word “cube” will pull up the link you need.

    Chick definitely looks like the stud of the two but he is likely two years away from being a MLB player.

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Aurilia is the next one that should go. His value is as high as it will ever be, he’s about as inexpensive is is humanly possible (I’m talking for the rest of this year), and the Reds have other, better players who are more than capable of filling his spot at second base.

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Hey, trade Aurilia to the Nationals! That way Larkin can stay retired, too, and retain his dignity.

    That’s assuming there’s no truth to the rumor that O’Brien’s office doesn’t return Trader Jim’s phone calls.

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    Actually, is Aurilia valuable enough to get the Reds a supplemental draft pick next year if he finishes the season in Cincinnati and leaves as a free agent? That just occurred to me, but I don’t know how Type A, Type, B, and Type C free agents are determined, exactly.

  7. Tyler

    No he’s not valuble enough to get a supplemental pick. To get a supplemental pick, we’d have to offer him arbitration and that would mean we might have to resign him.

    The way Type A, B, and C are determined are like this:

    The top 30% at a position are type A
    The 30-50% are type B
    The 50%-60% are type C

  8. Chris W

    Listening to the Baseball channel on XM radio today, and a Yankees fan called in and wanted the Yankees to go after Griffey and Milton. The caller said all Milton needed was “a change in venue”:lol:

  9. Rich Campbell

    Hey Guys, Rich Campbell of the San Diego Spotlight ( here. I think we overpaid a little but I like the deal. Travis Chick has a lot of upside and according to Kevin Towers the deal for Ismael Valdez to get him from the Marlins was still a “winner” as of June 21st. Germano projects as a #4 or #5 starter.