Texas continues to troll for a center fielder, a search that currently winds from free agent Mike Cameron through Los Angeles and Cincinnati. The Rangers apparently like the outfielder the Dodgers are trying to move — Juan Pierre — but only if he brings along a significant portion of the $26.5 million remaining on his contract. Discussions with the Reds involve Josh Hamilton, but include a price (Edinson Volquez) the Rangers may not want to meet.
Did Volquez have some injury issue in ’07? He started the year in A+ and finished in the majors.
UPDATE 6:45 PM Friday: Per the Official site, Hamilton has been traded to Dallas for two young pitchers, right-hander Edinson Volquez and left-hander Danny Herrera.
The hard-throwing, 24-year-old Volquez fanned 166 batters while going 14-6 at three Minor League stops last season.
Herrera, 23, appeared in seven games for Class A Bakersfield and 34 games for Double-A Frisco. All of his appearances for Frisco were in relief, and he allowed 43 hits and struck out 64 in 52 1/3 innings.
Questions to ponder:
- Was Krivsky right to trade Hamilton at his peak?
- Did he get enough in return?
- Does this mean Jay Bruce starts the season in CF, or does this clear a path for Freel/Hopper?
- John Sickels liked Volquez, but questioned whether the Rangers could develop him. Are the Reds any better-equipped?
- What does this mean about the apparent “win now” mandate?
- Does Volquez get packaged up for Bedard?
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.