Transaction Analysis

Reds trade for Donnie Sadler and Michael Coleman

The penny pinching Reds made a great trade here, losing an arbitration-eligible utility man coming off of a career year in Chris Stynes, and getting two top young players in return.  Sadler is best known for his speed and his diminutive frame, and is a more cost-effective utility man for the Reds than any free agent they would have had to sign.  Coleman has been hampered by injuries in the minors, but he's only 24 years old and he could still develop, especially with a team that can't afford to keep a whole lot of talent in front of him.  If both players can be solid contributors at the major league level in 2001, then this was a steal for the Reds.

Triple Steal Rating: Double

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
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.

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