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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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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

On pitching in general and Cueto in particular

I talked to a scout last night who has seen quite a bit of Johnny Cueto.

"I've got him making the team out of spring training," he said. "He really competes. His stuff is good. He's got good command and he can racket up his fastball when he has to."

I mention this because it appears the Reds are hedging their bets, if they can't trade for a starter. (And, by the way, it sounded like Dusty Baker thought they were getting Dontrelle Willis). Anyway, there are reports the Reds have talked to the agents for Brett Tomko, Jon Lieber and Glendon Rusch.

It's nice to bring in veteran guys, but it seems to me it's rarely worked with the Reds. See Joe Mays, et al. I'd rather roll the dice with a young guy than hope an older guy can find himself again. The problem is Reds would be rolling the dice with three young guys -- Cueto, Homer Bailey and Matt Belisle.


at 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


You have to look at it 2 ways. Is giving up the likes of Bruce, Hamilton, or Bailey for Bedard going to push the Reds to the world series? Probably not. In 2 years if Cueto and or Bailey work out you have the making of a great rotation and you have Hamilton and Bruce in the outfield. That team can win it all by adding a Free Agent pitcher.

at 5:35 PM Anonymous Marylandredlegger said...

I still think the Reds are a contender now with Homer and Johnny. I would like to see them go after Blanton. I like the Belise, Hopper, Majik and a good prospect for Blanton.

at 5:45 PM Blogger cincikid said...

If the only options we have left is Wells, Leiber, Rush it makes me feel like a Cormier, Stanton remix. BLAAAHHH< PUKE! I'd rather take my chances with Cueto, Bailey, and Belisle and start looking for a solid right handed bat that we apparently would rather release at the winter meetings. Hell I'd rather the Reds not have picked up Hatteberg's option and keep Cantu.

at 6:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you John about the free agents trying to re-establish themselves. Been there done that. Like everyone has said here lets the young ones start and develop this season. It's question of win now or win later for a longer stretch. If I'm chooosing its later.

No one knows how these guys will turn out but ntohing is a surre bet in life anyways.

at 10:49 PM Anonymous mikec said...

Marlyandredlegger: No way the Reds get Blanton for Belisle, Hopper and Majewski unless that other prospect is Cueto, Bailey, Bruce or Votto.

at 11:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, so if Cueto is suddenly the best pitching prospect the Reds have, why isn't there any speculation about whether or not he should be traded for Bedard or whoever. Cueto needs at least one full year at AAA. He has the talent but he has yet to be proven against more experienced hitters. Bailey is ready now. Cueto is not. If he has any value at all, he should go and let some other team wait another year for him

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