Thursday, January 13, 2005

Tim Redding and Alfonso Soriano 

An article featuring Tim Redding grousing about his second-class status in Houston includes a suggestion that Redding could be part of the package sent to Texas for Soriano.

I don't really have a whole lot of interest in Redding. He's about to turn 27, he's got a good arm but hasn't put things together consistently, and seems to have raised a bunch of questions about his makeup over the past few years.

Redding needs to go to some team where he can fill the R.A. Dickey role...pitch middle and long relief, spot start, and see if he can get his act together without being in the rotation full time to start the season. I don't think that's possible in Texas.

Agreed. I don't really have any interest in Redding either. And surely Soriano is worth more than "some young prospects, plus Redding." I mean, just a few years ago he was almost a 40/40 man. I know his defense leaves something to be desired, but that seems more of a mental problem than anything, to me. Improve his defense, and we have one of the best second basemen in the League.

Those would have to be some pretty good prospects, and I haven't really seen too much in the Astros' organization that could get the trade done. Anyone know who these "young prospects" might be?
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