Thursday, July 21, 2005

Reds - Promote Austin Kearns, Activated Ryan Freel - Lost Machado and Kelly on waivers.

What I want to know is how can a team have a .415 winning % and have two guys claimed off waivers on the same day while trying to make room on the roster for a couple of returning players. Generally teams that are of this "quality" don't have any attractive options on the back of there roster. The fact that the Reds had two guys that other teams had interest is, is remarkable.

Kelly isn't much - maybe a 4th or 5th outfielder if things break right. Machado is actually a pretty good utility infielder type. His being claimed doesn't surprise me. I would have kept Machado over Aurillia, only because Machado might have some value to future Reds teams while Aurilla's got nothing. Freel being back should slot Aurilla back into the utility role with Freel playing 2b regularly.

Kearns being promoted is only interesting if he gets playing time, but my question is at whose expense? I would guess it's at the expense of Wily Mo who has struggled since May 30th.