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.
Reds Team Page
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.