Hamilton stolen from Reds by Rangers

December 22, 2007 at 11:01 pm 4 comments

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The Cincinnati Reds traded centerfielder Josh Hamilton, out of their outfield surplus, to the Rangers for long time pitching prospect Edison Volquez and pitcher Daniel Herrera. The Rangers just got away with robbery.

The Texas Rangers get a supreme athlete in Josh Hamilton. One who has the ability to be a star. He has great power, possibly hitting over 30 homers a year, and he has a great arm that rates ever better in center. His range is well above average and his baseball instincts are incredible.

We all know he comes with a risk factor but I don’t think it’ll be a problem. He has been clean for over a year and a half and he has a new found respect for life. He also has some injury issues but it’s a risk worth taking. Hamilton gives the Rangers a bat that is around league minimum for the next 2 years then he hits arbitration for 3 years so he is under their control for the next 5 years at a moderate price. Hamilton has also got very good plate discipline and isn’t scared to draw walks. Hamilton could post a stat line close to .300/.390/.550 every year with 30 homers and over 100 RBI and 100 runs scored.

Edison Volquez is the prize the Reds got in this trade but I have never been a fan like most scouts have. He has an explosive fastball and a very good change but he rarley throws strikes and lacks command of the pitches. He is now 24 and has had over 5 years in pro ball. He could be a very good reliever but it’s too early to rule him out of a rotation spot just yet but very likely, in my opinion, that he won’t pan out.

Daniel Herrera is a throw in. Here is the scouting report from Keith Law: “A slight 5’6″ lefty with a low-80s fastball and a curveball right out of the 1940s. He’s a quality organizational player, but pitchers with grade-35 fastballs do not pitch in the majors, especially not in a hitter’s park like Great American”.

The Reds need a veteran arm and should’ve been able to get one with their surplus of outfielders. Instead, they give up a young bat with enormous potential and a great glove in CF for two arms that may never amount to much other than a bust of a prospect and a good story if Herrera ever reaches the majors.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. russell migl  |  December 24, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    I look forward to seeing josh in centerfield for the Rangers! It seems the Rangers have a lot issues, what else do they need to do in order to play for atleast a wild card? did the a-rod deal free up some money?

  • 2. Erik  |  December 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    I think this is a bad move by Cincy. But then again their moves of late have been pretty bad. Hamilton was probably dealt because of his history and had a babysitter with him in Joel Skinner’s brother. Once Skinner was fired the loyalties left. Baker was hired as manager and Baker is known for playing veterans more and more. Also I think Krivsky is a bad GM.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 24, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    The Rangers have free money now because of A-Rod opting out. The Rangers need to develop players and get some pitching. They have a good farm system now. It was probably ranked in the bottom 5 two years ago and it’s now in the top 5. GM Jon Daniles has done a good job other than the Padilla signing. They now have CF Hamilton, C/1B Saltalamachia, 2B Ian Kinsler, and prospects OF Julio Borbon, C Taylor Teagarden, SP Eric Hurley, 3B/1B Chris Davis, SP Omar Poveda, SS Elvis Andrus, SP Michael Main, and OF Engel Beltre, to build a team around. They should be contending in two years if they keep with the process.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 24, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Erik – I think you’re right. I think his history did scare them a little. You are right again about Baker. I think he’s looking to sign Tom Goodwin to be his opening day CF!


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