Twins trading Jones to the Reds?
Fox Sports says that the Twins mights be trading Jacque Jones to the Reds for pitchers John Riedling and Chris Reitsma.
Riedling was a below average pitcher last year (ERA+ 87), but the two years before that he was above average (ERA+ 180 & 163 for 2001 & 2002 respectively). 2003 looked more realistic for him since he pitched more innings (bigger sample size) and his BB/SO ratio is pretty bad. 2003 it was 47/65 and in 2002 it was 26/30. Not too good.
Reitsma was league average last year: ERA+ of 100. In 2002 it was 121 - not bad. He lets up a few too many hits, but he doesn't walk many. In his 3-year career he has 404 IP with 445 hits and only 113 BB. Of course, he doesn't strike out many, either - 233 Ks in 404 IP. Reitsma mostly relieved last year as opposed to mostly starting the two years previous.
I think he'd make a decent #4 or #5 for the Twins this year, and they don't really need Jones considering they have so many OFs. Jones is a decent OF, but nothing spectacular. This OPS+ last year was 106 and the year before in 2002 - which was his "great" year - was 125. If he would learn to draw a walk he wouldn't be a bad player. 21 BB in 517 AB in 2003? 27 BB in 577 AB in 2002? Horrendous!
- Addendum -
Thanks to Cliff for pointing out that I only really examined the Twins side of the deal. I forgot to mention that the Reds just traded two pitchers, which they are in dire need of, for an outfielder, which they already have an over-abundance of. Are they looking for insurance against injury or are they planning on trading one of their outfielders?
posted by shawn
: 1/21/2004 12:23:00 PM -