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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Coats deal completed

From the Reds:

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds today acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays minor league RHP Justin James as the player to be named in Wednesday’s trade that sent OF Buck Coats to Toronto.

James, 26, has spent all 5 of his professional seasons in the Blue Jays' system after he was selected in the fifth round of the June 2003 first-year player draft.

Last season, James combined to finish 3-5 with a 3.89 ERA and 2 saves in 43 appearances, including 5 starts, with Class AA New Hampshire and Class AAA Oklahoma City. Following the season, he pitched for Scottsdale in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Coats, 25, last season appeared in 127 games at Class AAA Iowa and Louisville and in 20 games for the Reds. He was claimed off trade waivers from the Cubs on August 28. On November 28, Coats was designated for assignment when the Reds signed free agent RHP Francisco Cordero.


at 4:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the subject a bit, but did you notice that Slick Jim Bowden signed yet another ex-Red to his ball club. Aaron Boone signed as a backup infielder for the Nats yesterday. Lets see...Kearns, Lopez, Willy Mo Pena, Ryan Wagner, Dmitri Young and now Boone...even Larkin and Rijo work in the front office. Doesn't Bowden realize that this formula didn't work in Cincy? Why would he try it again? What's next? Do you think he might sign Brandon Larson or maybe even Danny Graves.

at 12:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I can't figure out is why anyone likes Bowden at all? Bowden showed his true colours when he fired Tony Perez in the most gutless way possible----a phone call at 7 AM. Actually, even before that, I remember reading something about something that happened in spring training in 93, Tracy Jones denounced Bowden for letting players know they were being released by slipping notes under their hotel doors, rather than doing it face to face. Not to mention the many embarrassments Bowden has pulled in his career. Remember the Tommy Lasorda incident, where he refused to start a meeting with the Dodgers people until Lasorda showed up. The Dodgers GM at the time let him and evryone else know how unprofessional that was.

Why the hell is Bowden still in baseball?

at 9:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Bowden bashers ignore the fact that the Un-Bowden approaches here in Cincy with the Reds haven't worked either. With Milledge and crazy Dukes on the Nats, they could be either really good or come to quickly rival the Bengals in terms of suspensions and rap sheet length...

Wake me up when the Reds are that much better than the Nats, okay?

Dusty Baker won't be the answer. Wasting millions on Cordero and Baker is a big gamble. For that money, we could have had Backman and two good (better) starters...and trust in (gasp) Weathers and our cast of fat or young closer-apprentices to get the late inning jobs done (if we continue to lack quality starters, .500 ball just isn't going to even be reached).

at 4:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh great----it's Wally Backman's boytoy again. You still have yet to quantify Backman's "proven" record as a winner

at 9:06 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

Believe it or not, Brandon Larson already plays for the Nationals' farm system.

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