The Reds are going for broke. Earlier in the week they traded for “Everyday” Eddie Guardado, to compete for the team’s closer’s job. Today they traded for more relief help, acquiring Gary Majewski and Bill Bray. In exchange, they gave up big-swingin’ Austin Kearns.

Kearns, along with Felipe Lopez, is headed to the Washington Nationals, a team assembled by former Reds GM Jim Bowden. Kearns was considered the future of a young Reds team when Bowden was in charge in Cincinnati. Bray was considered one of the Nationals’ top pitching prospects. Now they’re both changing teams.

The Reds also acquired shortstop Royce Clayton, infielder Brendan Harris and pitcher Daryl Thompson from the last-place Nationals.

Is Kearns the kind of guy a team can build around? Is he even the kind of guy a team can win with? He swings a big stick and is on pace for 30 homers and 100 RBIs this season. But he strikes out a ton, too. He’s on pace for 170 Ks this season. He strikes out 30.5 percent of the time. That’s a ton. Can a team win with a guy who wiffs that much? And who has such limited range in the outfield?

And do the Reds really have enough pieces to win the NL Central? They’ve been so bad for so long. And they’re starting pitching…I mean, it’s been good, but…really? Bronson Arroyo? Eric Milton? In the Great American Ballpark? Can they really keep it up?

10 Responses to “Reds Trade Kearns”

  1. This means my pal Chris Denorfia (Reds minor leaguer of the year in ’05, and a Jerry Narron favorite) will get a shot to play regularly aside Griff.

    Denorfia and I both played baseball at Wheaton College. Nice guy.

  2. Nick Kapur says:

    The Reds have been fading fast(9-20 record heading into the break) and they hit the panic button in a big way, making the kind of trade teams almost always regret later by trading quality major-league position players for middle relievers.

    I must say when I first saw this trade I was shocked that the Reds would make such a move, seeing that Kearns is one pace for a 30 homer, 100 RBI year, Lopez is one of the better hitting young shortstops around, and Bray and Majewski have mediocre numbers at best.

    But upon further consideration, it is clear that the Reds viewed this trade at least as much as who they were giving away as who they were getting. Although Kearns has always been highly touted for his potential, the Reds have long been frustrated by his nagging injuries and inconsistency at the plate, not to mention his defensive liabilities. Meanwhile, there has been a lot of talk in Cincy about the lackluster defense of Lopez, who has already made 14 errors. Also, the Reds clearly like Denorfia and have been trying to find a place for him to play, not to mention that they LOVE Ryan Freel.

    Overall, it’s a bad trade for the Reds, but at least you can sorta see where they’re coming from.

  3. Bray and Majewski have bit roughed up at RFK. If they can’t post decent numbers in DC, what makes the Reds think they’ll fare better in Cincy? Also- wasn’t it like 3 months ago that Ryan Wagner was billed as the Reds’ closer of the future? How can they be so impatient with a guy who chucks 100mph, but so patient with Jim Bowden?

    Anyone else remember how awful Majewski was in the WBC? I still wake up in the monring and ask myself, “Why did Gary Majewski represent my country in the first WBC?” Then I drink a shot of bourbon to take the edge off.

    I think Lopez will finish his career as an 8-time All-Star and this deal will be remembered as the worst and final moment in Jim Bowden’s lousy career.

  4. Probably the most interesting component of this deal is that the Nats already have plenty of quality OFs, begging “Where does Kearns fit?”.

    I bet ‘Fonzie is dealt by Thursday to the Yanks for Phillip Hughes and some A-Ballers.

  5. Nick Kapur says:

    Jeb, it sounds like you think Jim Bowden is still the general manager of the Reds (e.g. how can the Reds be so patient with Bowden, the worst and final moment in Jim Bowden’s lousy career).

    But Jim Bowden is actually the GM for the Nats, so shouldn’t you be praising him to all high heaven for acquiring the man you call a future 8 time All-star?

  6. You’re right – my bad… Obviously I forgot that he was canned and rehired. Is whatshisname Krivsky the GM? I live in Boston and we don’t reallt believe in the existance in baseball outside the hub.

  7. That’s Zimmer, not Zimmerman. But he does have an alias–the Gerbil. (He looked a lot more like a gerbil when he was managing–at least, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, who coined the nickname, evidently thought so.

  8. Lou Piniella vs. the current D’Rays 25-man roster. Now that black belt Joey Gathright has been dealt to the Royals, Lou (the angriest being on earth) would have to be considered the favorite in a fight to the death.

    Andy Sisco vs. Chris Young They’re both 6’10” beasts. If people spent a decade paying big bucks to watch John Ruiz lumber around a ring, there would have to be interest in watching baseball’s two largest fireballers throw down.

    Ryan Howard vs. Josh Beckett. Recall the Spring training episode when Josh Beckett started bitching that Howard took too long rounding the bags after Howard mashed a 500-footer off of him? Beckett reacted until the Philly behemoth emerged from the dugout. I’m a sox fan, but I never liked the way Beckett provoked Howard- who didn’t deserve the flack- and then continued to insult the slugger from the safety of his own dugout after the matter should have been finished. If a jerk like Beckett feels it neccessary to try to distract attention from his propensity to surrender bombs, then he should have to face a scary dude like Howard after he begs for the confrontation.

    Brett Myers vs. A-Rod. Whatever happens, we win.

  9. Another:

    Baseball fans everywhere vs. Taylor Hicks This jackass’ incessant crooning, “I GET WHAT I WANT, I GO WHERE I PLEASE, POSSIBILIITIES!” Is the only thing I’ve come across that can make me ditch watching a baseball game on TV. You hear it no less than 50 times during the course of a game on those damn Ford commercials. Can we gang up and get this guy?

  10. Sarah Green says:

    What about A.J. Pierzynkski vs. Taylor Hicks. (I don’t really want to get in a smackdown with the silver-haired crooner. I’m a lover, not a fighter.)

    Here’s the pay-per-view scenario. A.J. and Hicks are placed in a tank of lemon juice and armed with sharp slivers of paper. First man to cry gets punched in the face by Julian Tavarez.

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