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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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Thursday, March 20, 2008


I got a tip today that the talk around the Kansas City Royals camp was that Blake Johnson is the player-to-be-named in the Brad Salmon trade.

Johnson fits profile of the kind of player the Reds would want for Salmon. Johnson is a 22-year-old right-hander. He went 9-6 with a 3.28 ERA last year for Wilmington of the Carolina League.

He was the Dodgers’ second-round pick in 2004. The Royals got him as part of a trade for Elmer Dessens in 2006. Wayne Krivsky wouldn’t give many clues about the PTBNL, only saying it would not be someone on the Opening Day 25-man roster.

The Reds have been trying to stockpile arms. A 22-year-old who’s been successful in High A would be nice to add.


at 11:22 PM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

I like the fact that Wayne has a "rat pack" mentality on young arms. The more the merrier. At least he's not picking up another 35+year old reliever.

at 7:35 AM Blogger redfuture said...

I'd be happy with Blake, he spent two straight years at A+ ball. It was worth it as he trimmed 1.7 off the ERA, has a nice WHIP and K/BB ratio. At 6'3" he has nice size, lets hope he hasn't put on a 100 lbs since the measurement like Capellan did. Why, oh why did they take Capellan in the first place?

at 9:01 AM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

Any danger of the Royals contracting Salmon-illa!!


at 10:13 AM Blogger seantron said...

What kind of stuff does he have? I'm assuming he's probably not a soft-tosser based on how high he was drafted, but you never know.

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