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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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Monday, April 7, 2008

Reds trade Coutlangus

From the Reds:

Tonight the Reds acquired from the Diamondbacks minor league OF Daniel Perales in exchange for LHP Jon Coutlangus.

Perales, 23, was selected by Arizona in the 22nd round of the June 2006 first-year player draft...last season at Class A South Bend he hit .282 and led the Diamondbacks organization with 92rbi while ranking among the Midwest League leaders in hits (156, 1st), extra base hits (58, 1st), doubles (32, 5th), runs scored (80, 3rd) and triples (10, 3rd)...he has been assigned to FSL Sarasota.

Coutlangus, 27, was designated for assignment as 1 of 11 roster moves on Opening Day.


14 Comments:

at 7:34 PM Blogger DC_Valdez said...

John,

I was wondering if MLB posts average game times. I know they had a campaign to shorten games a few years ago, but I don't know if it was successful.

The reason I'm asking is because they are now doing the same thing in Japan. I noticed on their official page that they are trying to speed up the game by 6% with a goal of 3 hrs. 6 min. They are so far ahead of pace at 3:05. You can look at the webpage at the upper left hand corner if you want to see for yourself. http://www.npb.or.jp/

Also, there is an interesting article about Japanese baseball business and how it differs from American baseball business in last week's economist. You can access it for free at this link:
http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10925686&CFID=1529083&CFTOKEN=52193377

 
at 7:44 PM Blogger ST fan said...

Does Perales bat R or L?

 
at 8:02 PM Blogger Bogey said...

I'm thinking this is a small but good move. I always feel good when I get something for nothing.

 
at 8:04 PM Blogger Bogey said...

He's a lefty.

 
at 8:22 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Yes every player has ups and downs, but Bronson seems to be on a down since Sept 2006.

I wouldnt wait till next year to reorder this rotation. If Dusty keeps Volquez between Harrang and Arroyo, I think we have a better shot in series when our 2 matches up w/ their 2.

Harang
Volquez
Arroyo
Cueto
Fogg

Right now Bronson just doesnt match up well against ones and twos.

 
at 8:23 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Now thats more like it 8-0 Bats in the 5th Bruce has 2 hits including a homerun, GO BATS!!!!

 
at 8:33 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It's very, very early folks. Arroyo was bad today. In his first start, he gave up two earned on four hits in five innings.

He was 6-6 with a 3.55 ERA after the All-Star Break. He had a 3.29 ERA in his last six starts.

 
at 8:38 PM Blogger ReallyOldRedsFan said...

St Fan, Perales is a lefthanded hitting outfielder. He is 5-11,185
and has some power, hitting 16 homers last year. He is not a top prospect but does have some upside.

 
at 10:28 PM Blogger cmessmer said...

I have to second kevinfortmyers idea. I was logging in to suggest exactly the same thing. At present we appear to have 3 excellent starters in Harang, Volquez, and Cueto. I do expect Arroyo to come back to his '06 form.

However you cut it, the best three starters should be somewhere in the 1-4 spots. I do get the idea of breaking up Cueto and Volquez. The only way you can accomplish both is to drop Arroyo to the three hole. This wouldn't really be a slight to Arroyo, just something that's good for the team as a whole.

This allows Fogg (or Belisle, Shearn, etal) to drop to the 5 hole where he belongs.

 
at 10:29 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Arroyo did look bad today but I agree with Fay on this one. His win/loss record last year is not indicative of how well he pitched as he was a victim of bullpen meltdowns on many occasions.

Although he can't sing a lick (someone should tell him) the guy can pitch and eat up innings. More importanly he usually can get through the fourth and fifth innings. Look for him to pick up his game over his next few starts.

 
at 10:40 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Sounds like a 3 to me John

 
at 12:16 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

This sounds like a Jeff Keppinger trade... we pick up a guy who can hit for someone that was not in our plans.

It will be interesting to see how Arroyo does when Ross comes back. He has not been real crisp so far, but his 80 curveballs do a lot to break up our power starters

 
at 2:25 PM Blogger Mark T said...

Hey Mr. fay - can you tell me where Daniel Herrera, the other guy in teh Hamilton trade, is now?

 
at 3:10 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Herrera is at Chattanooga. 5 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 4 Ks.

You can find anyone in the minors on minorleaguebaseball.com

 
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