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Postby BravesGuy » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:47 am

Josh Hamilton, OF, CIN: The Devil Rays tried to pull a fast one, slipping him through the Rule 5 Draft, but the Reds made a move, trading for him after the Cubs picked up the former No. 1 overall selection. They are giving him a ton of at-bats this spring and he's hitting .538 with a 1.408 OPS. Ryan Freel has already come down with his 29th injury of the past three seasons and MLB is talking about renaming it the "15-day Ken Griffey Jr. list" in honor of the future Hall of Famer. Hamilton will likely see more seasoning in the minors, but watch his April numbers and pick him up in-season.


Just read that off of cbs sportsline

http://farm.baseball.sportsline.com/news/10058340
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Postby thedude » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:48 am

BTW if Freel actually did get benched in favor of Hamilton (which seems like a decent size if), who lead off for the Reds. My understanding is that Freel is penciled in as leadoff hitter. I assume the honor would go to phillips.
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Postby Havok1517 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:03 am

thedude wrote:But realistically who many atbats will Freel Actually lose to Hamilton? Will Hamilton actually see any playing time or will he rid the bench for a year before the Reds send him down to get more more experience?


Something to remember: Freel is a pending free agent and is 31. The Reds probably wouldn't to pay to resign him. He's usually injured so right now his stock is likely as high as it ever will be.
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Postby thedude » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:16 am

Havok1517 wrote:
thedude wrote:But realistically who many atbats will Freel Actually lose to Hamilton? Will Hamilton actually see any playing time or will he rid the bench for a year before the Reds send him down to get more more experience?


Something to remember: Freel is a pending free agent and is 31. The Reds probably wouldn't to pay to resign him. He's usually injured so right now his stock is likely as high as it ever will be.


So you expect a trade?
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Postby Havok1517 » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:19 am

thedude wrote:
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thedude wrote:But realistically who many atbats will Freel Actually lose to Hamilton? Will Hamilton actually see any playing time or will he rid the bench for a year before the Reds send him down to get more more experience?


Something to remember: Freel is a pending free agent and is 31. The Reds probably wouldn't to pay to resign him. He's usually injured so right now his stock is likely as high as it ever will be.


So you expect a trade?


Not anytime soon especially with Hamilton yet to actually prove anything. But if Hamilton continues this torrid pace throughout the regular season...yeah. At least by the deadline. But with the Reds luck Freel will likely be on the DL and not elibile to be tradedin July. :-o
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Postby IllinoisBandit » Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:09 am

I think he gets a chance to start over even Freel, or at least has some sort of platoon. Freel can hit southpaws much better than righties so this would make sense to me. Narron's nickname in Cincy is "Tinker," so I'd expect an ever-changing lineup. Possibly Brandon Phillips could leadoff in Freel's absense.
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Postby alchemy » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:21 pm

Remember that Hamilton cannot be sent down as he is a Rule V pick. He is with the club all season.

Considering some of the platoons that the Reds have had in recent years that have still yielded reasonable numbers (Aurillia / Freel / Everybody Else), no reason he won't get enough at-bats to be productive (if he's any good).
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Postby BritSox » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:51 pm

alchemy wrote:Remember that Hamilton cannot be sent down as he is a Rule V pick. He is with the club all season.



Yeah, you'd think people who get paid to write about baseball might remember a little thing like that before talkin' about 'seasoning in the minors.'
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:57 pm

BritSox wrote:
alchemy wrote:Remember that Hamilton cannot be sent down as he is a Rule V pick. He is with the club all season.



Yeah, you'd think people who get paid to write about baseball might remember a little thing like that before talkin' about 'seasoning in the minors.'


They could send him down for seasoning but they'd either need to wait until 2008 or work out a trade with the DRays for his rights first.
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Postby RynMan » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:31 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:
BritSox wrote:
alchemy wrote:Remember that Hamilton cannot be sent down as he is a Rule V pick. He is with the club all season.



Yeah, you'd think people who get paid to write about baseball might remember a little thing like that before talkin' about 'seasoning in the minors.'


They could send him down for seasoning but they'd either need to wait until 2008 or work out a trade with the DRays for his rights first.


Eh, I think they just either forgot or didn't know. :-D
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