Reds trade for Seth Etherton
Etherton, who was called up by the Angels in
mid-season last year, automatically assumes a spot in a Reds
rotation decimated by the payroll-slashing trades of Ron
Villone, Steve Parris, and to a lesser extent, Denny
Neagle. Etherton went 5-1 with Anaheim last season,
although his ERA was up at 5.52. But honestly, what
other options do the Reds have? They got someone young
who won't be arbitration-eligible for a few years and with a
little major league service time. If he can adjust
effectively to the NL, he could win 12 games as a
back-end starter; they can't expect much else for the money
they want to spend.
Triple Steal rating: Double
TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A
can't miss move; automatically makes the team
Home Run - A great move;
will help the team now and down the road.
Triple - A good move; plugs
a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double - An average move;
team will get what they paid for.
Single - A head-scratcher;
could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out - A panic move; tells
fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play - A disaster;
will make fans angry just thinking about it.