A few things I want to get out here…
1. The Red Sox Expected to non-tender Ryan Sweeney.
Fox Sport’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that Boston will not offer Sweeney a contract, making Sweeney a free guy. Well, you still got to pay him and all that other stuff.
This is one player that has been linked to the Reds that I have no real clue as to why. Decent on-base percentage for his career (.338), but not flattering last year (.303). Decent fielder. Can play all three OF spots. Lefty bat. What is it I’m not seeing here? He’s not particularly adept at stealing bases (17 of 26 in his career). He’s played more than 125 games once (134 in 2009 for Oakland).
Someone throw me a frickin’ bone here…
2. Reds did talk to Twins about Denard Span
John Fay is now reporting the Reds and Twins were in talks about center fielder Denard Span. There is still something a little funky about this.
In exchange for Span, the Twins got Alex Meyer, former UK hurler and #23 overall pick in the 2011 draft. Meyer is rated as the #50 prospect by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. This was Meyer’s introductory year into organized baseball. He was 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.101 WHIP in 192 innings between Hagerstown in the Sally League (Low-A) and and Potomac in the in the Carolina League.
This is almost like the Reds sending either Robert Stephenson (#55 according to Mayo) or Tony Cingrani (#57) to Minny. Not both…either. I know what you’re thinking…the Reds couldn’t offer either of these guys or someone better than Meyer? It’s not so much that. Might have been who the Twins wanted versus who the Reds offered.
Doesn’t seem like the Nats got off a little light here? Span is viewed by some as an excellent lead-off option. Plus, Nats GM Mike Rizzo had coveted Span since at least the middle of the 2011 season when the Nationals were on the verge of acquiring Span then. Anytime you heard the Twins interested in trading Span, the Nats naturally were a team mentioned.
3. Lady with Chapman Charged
If you recall a Reds visit to Pittsburgh where this woman acted like she had been robbed while in the hotel room of Aroldis Chapman, then this will interest you. Yesterday, this “lady”, 27-year-old Claudia Manrique was fined $164 after completing 50 hours of community service in order to reduce her charge of filing a false report to summary disorderly conduct. (via Yahoo!)
I still want to know how a woman from Silver Springs…wait. No, I don’t.