From this AM’s Enquirer.
The Reds are hoping for a rebound year with Womack’s return to the National League.
“We feel he’s the prototypical National League player,” O’Brien said.
Womack hit .307 with five home runs and 38 RBI and stole 26 bases for St. Louis in 2004.
The Reds plan to use Womack primarily at second base. He’ll also play some outfield.
The Reds are still trying to sign Rich Aurilia. If that happens, Aurilia will get the bulk of time at second.
Womack and Freel will share the utility role if Aurilia signs. If Aurilia doesn’t sign, Freel and Womack will share second base as well as the utility role.
“I see (Womack) playing a great deal,” Reds manager Jerry Narron. “But there are only a few guys (on the roster) who I call everyday players.”
Womack, if his bat comes around to what it was (he’s a career .271 hitter), will help the Reds manufacture runs. That’s key in the NL Central.
“It seems like every night we’re facing outstanding pitching,” Narron said. “We need guys who can get on base and score runs.”
Gets on base? Does Narron actually think about what he’s saying or just talk? The guy has a .316 career OBA and even in his big year of ’04, it was only .349, which was his career high.
This guy’s a bum. He’s older, more expensive, and not as good as Ryan Freel. This deal should be enough to get OB sent packing.