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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 21, 2008

Today's transactions

Today the contract of IF/OF Jerry Hairson Jr. was selected from Class AAA Louisville and IF Juan Castro was designated for assignment.

Reds GM Wayne Krivsky said Castro was informed at about 2:35 p.m. today.

“That was really difficult. He makes any team better that he’s on. It’s not a good day when you have to tell him you’re making a change,” Krivsky said. “Hopefully we can find him something in the Major Leagues and go forward, but I can’t say enough about him as a person, as a man and as a teammate. I just think the world of the guy.”

Castro made two starts, both at SS (April 7 vs. Philadelphia and Sunday at Pittsburgh). Last season he appeared in 54 games, including 18 starts (11 at SS, 5 at 3B and 2 at 2B).

Hairston, who will wear No. 15, hit .421 in Louisville in 14 games. He had seven doubles, two triples, three homers, 15 RBI and one stolen base.

“Hairston’s been playing really well, hitting .420. We decided to bring him up here, and he gives us a little more versatility from the standpoint that he can play the infield and the outfield, and he can run. He’s swinging a hot bat right now, so there he is," Krivsky said. "Good day for Jerry, and tough day when you have to tell Juan Castro goodbye for now.”


55 Comments:

at 3:46 PM Blogger Redsfansince72 said...

I love the moves!! Glad they decided to get Hairston Jr up here.. he is healthy and hitting a ton!! I hope the players on this team don't think they can get by playing below average.. BOB wants to Win NOW!!

 
at 3:46 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Finally got rid of some dead weight.Good job Wayne.

 
at 3:48 PM Blogger AReds83 said...

Not a surprise to me. You knew something was going to give. Now how to fit in Ross?

 
at 3:51 PM Blogger Redsfansince72 said...

anybody else having issues with google denying your password and having to get a reactivating e-mail to change your password every time you try to log on to post a message here? i want to contact google but cant find a e-mail to contact them

 
at 3:57 PM Blogger ilikereds said...

WOW, it is about time. Juan Castro may have a great glove but he has never had a bat to go with it. We can always use a hot bat, especially right now!

 
at 3:59 PM OpenID dwdalton said...

And away we go! Another of Dusty's seasoned veterans. Supposedly he is more than "just a glove." I hope so.

 
at 4:03 PM Blogger Jon said...

What can Jerry Hairston do that Ryan Freel can't do better? I'm confused. Someone please make this guy go away before he proves who he is.

 
at 4:12 PM Blogger gmirones said...

Jerry Hairson Jr. 2nd base
57 at bats
24 hits
.421 avg.
.450 ob base %
.772 slugging %

Anybody want to bet the kid can play 3rd. Belisle's number look good at AAA. Tonight will be the test to see if he makes a second start , because Bailey is also ready. Bronson better show some major league results or the rotation coulb AH, MR.C, Voltron, Bailey and Belisle. May is the month that will tell the future.

 
at 4:14 PM Blogger dwr said...

Jerry Hairston, Jr.

And the Reds' journey to the dark (and Dusty) side is now complete.

This is the same guy that hit .189 for Texas last year and .207 for Chicago the year before, right? How is he any different from Juan Castro? Oh, wait, he's not nearly as good a fielder.

 
at 4:25 PM Blogger MPCB said...

The Reds finally understand that they need another bat off the bench more than they needed their designated "late-inning, defensive-replacement" Juan Castro. If I am not mistaken, Castro makes over $850k this season. With the release of Stanton's big contract and this one, it once again proves that Castellini will do whatever it takes to win here in Cincinnati. It is truly refreshing to see an ownership that wants to win a pennant as badly as the fans do.

 
at 4:29 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Hairston has some potential for steals, but is nothing more than organizational depth at this point in his career, giving him little Fantasy value. He also has a potential suspension looming because of his inclusion on the Mitchell Report.
(Updated 03/29/2008).


I know this improves our team dramatically

 
at 4:29 PM Blogger MarktotheHtotheB said...

(In my best Mr. Burns voice): "Excellent...my plan to reassemble the 2004 Chicago Cubs as the 2008 Cincinnati Reds is falling into place! Smithers - Where's the head of Neifi Perez?"

 
at 4:29 PM Blogger Mike said...

The fact that Juan Castro made it this far is troubling. Did they magically think he was going to come in and start raking? Or is it more that they now trust Keppinger at SS defensively?

 
at 4:32 PM Blogger Redsfansince72 said...

John, Is there anyway the Reds could target Matt Kemp from the Dodgers(while they are in town)?? with Dunn/Jr targeting free agency, he would be a HUGE upgrade in the outfield for 2009 and beyond along with Jay Bruce!!

 
at 4:32 PM Blogger Greg said...

I LIKE CASTRO... BUT.... HALLELUJAH! THAT'S A MOVE TO GET EXCITED ABOUT! see a need... fill the need.

 
at 4:34 PM Blogger ShinyKefka said...

Can you picture Jeremy Affeldt now getting his shot to start on Thursday? Coffey getting sent down to AAA or Josh Fogg getting DFA, and Bill Bray getting called up?

Looks like the Reds are starting to make those tough calls that are trimming the fat!

 
at 4:36 PM Blogger Geoff said...

Very interesting. Remains to be seen whether Hairston will actually hit in the big leagues anything like he did at Louisville, but his offense can't be any worse than Castro's. John, any idea how much salary the Reds are eating by designating Castro?

 
at 4:36 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Good stuff. Hopefully, Belisle will resemble the pitcher that showed a little promise last season instead of the one with control problems. And if Hairston can come anywhere close to how well he was hitting in the minors, it's a huge upgrade. Otherwise, they can keep bringing up more and more bats until someone sticks.

That's the beauty of depth.

 
at 4:37 PM Blogger robdicken said...

Good. I think Juan Castro is an excellent fielder, but he can't at all. Thanks for the times, Castro!

Good moves. Definitely needed.

 
at 4:48 PM Blogger MJ said...

Why not Bruce instead since Patterson is struggling so mightingly in Center?

 
at 4:49 PM Blogger MJ said...

Why not Bruce instead since Patterson is struggling so mightingly in Center?

 
at 4:49 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Congrats Krivsky might have done something right, dont get me wrong I liked Castro, but he wasnt hitting, and Harriston was killing in louisville. Tonight should be Wayne Krivsky night, mabey he has some what of an IQ.

 
at 4:49 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Who woulda believed that in the first month we'd have Patterson, Hairston, and Bako on the roster? I know they all deserve to be here (I am one of the few that likes what I have seen from Corey, just think we should maybe bat him 9th) but now I really have to wonder if Neifi Perez is gonna get a call soon.

 
at 4:50 PM Blogger Joe said...

Its a business and Juan Castro understood that. He will probably catch on given his considerable defensive skills and price tag at this time. This move makes a lot of sense for the Reds.

 
at 5:00 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Great move by The Amazing Mo Krivsky and Curly Baker. This guy has been around for 10 years with a career .250 average, but I guess you could say he will add some right handed 'pop'. After all he has hit a total of 33 homers in those 10 seasons. Any other Baker Boys available, we need a couple more.

On what other major league team could you bat .189 and get elevated to the clean-up spot? WOW!

What is it $3.5mil for how many years?
ST CSA

 
at 5:01 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Looks like the comments get updated every 24 hrs or so, whether they need it or not.
ST CSA

 
at 5:06 PM Blogger Brendan T said...

Alleluia!

Now if they can just NOT keep all three catchers when Ross comes up, they'll be like a real major league team!

 
at 5:10 PM Blogger Kenworld said...

Goodnight "manos del oro" man!!! Maybe he can go to texas and pinch hit for Hamilton again.

 
at 5:14 PM Blogger Gmoney573 said...

Castro has not made this a good ball club from day one. Yeah he has filled in on occasion, but i never remember him winning games with is defense and surely not with his bat. The first move to waken this team up from their winter sleep.

 
at 5:22 PM Blogger Mike Stapp said...

Well there goes all our offense, what next?

 
at 5:28 PM OpenID cincy6115 said...

There are too many people who do the same things on this roster, or who do one thing good and other things bad. Castro is a great guy, but his offense is a huge liability. I hope he finds something else, but we need good right handed hitters off the bench. Now if they could trade Hatteberg (another great guy) and Freel/Hopper we'd be doing better.

 
at 5:30 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Cool Beans! Now we have 3 Ryan Freels a Patterson, 2 LH first basemen and no catchers.
ST CSA

 
at 5:33 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

Who took Stormy's roster spot?

 
at 5:38 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

This was the right move to make at this time. I could see a couple of others that I would like to have seen made but at least this is a start.

The other move I'd really like to see made is a swap of Coffee for Bill Bray. Bray has had an excellent year so far for Louisville and well Decaf has not to put it nicely.

I'm concerned about Ross still. His numbers in 9 games at Louisville are terrible. In comparison Alvin Colina in the same number of games as Ross has numbers that are almost equal to Hairston's and his a right hander. Now I'm not saying we need to bring Colina up (I have no idea how good a defensive catcher he is) but I wouldn't be in a hurry to bring up Ross either.

 
at 5:40 PM Blogger Joseph said...

Please tell me he's right-handed.

 
at 5:43 PM Blogger Rob said...

when is Freel getting traded? Anything will suffice in return. I dont care about his contract either.
Should have been Freel getting DFA'ed instead of Juan "Manos de Oro" Castro.

 
at 5:46 PM Blogger Matt said...

i guess if you are not going to bring up jay and start him, you leave him at the farm and get his cuts.

if we're going to make a run, though, we need bruce in CF.

1. Bruce, CF
2. Kepp, SS
3. Griffey, RF
4. Phillips, 2B
5. Dunn, LF
6. Votto, 1B
7. Encarnacion, 3B
8. Bako, C

 
at 5:47 PM Blogger LongTimeRedsFan said...

Go ahead WK, pat yourself on the back for this move. Who's kidding who? Why not bring up Jay Bruce? Why not Bill Bray and DFA Todd Coffey? Why does this this team's management continually short change the fans?

 
at 6:04 PM Blogger Roodog said...

Tough decision on a hard-working individual in Castro but it had to be done in order to help this team. "Golden Hands" thanks for all of the defensive highlights over the years!!

 
at 6:06 PM Blogger Exiled No More said...

enable the comments, please.

 
at 6:24 PM Blogger PJFan16 said...

This is a FANTASTIC MOVE!! They are renaming .200 the castro line with his major league BA and now we have someone who is tearing to cover off of the ball. Hairston may not do well but getting rid of Castro is definately a step forward

 
at 6:24 PM Blogger DC_Valdez said...

I'm surprised that no one has said "good riddance" to Castro on this blog yet since he has many detractors.

Let's see if Hairston can jumpstart our lethargic offense. That'll make us at least a 4th place team.

 
at 6:38 PM Blogger Steve said...

What took so long? Now can we please make the move which is long overdue: get rid of Dunn!

 
at 7:05 PM Blogger ryan said...

Paul Bako has a 479 slugging percentage. I cant belive that. Bako is the man! Plus he can cath every pitcher we have. Will everyone get off Adam Dunns back. That dude rakes. He only hit 40 hrs 4 YEARS IN A ROW!

 
at 7:10 PM Blogger JerBear said...

I liked Castro but he wasn't a good fit for this team.

It sounds like a good move.

But when you look at Hairston's Career Numbers you may not be too excited.

As someone mentioned, he hit like .189 last year and .205 the year before.

He should be better than that, but I don't know if Hairston is the answer to a whole lot. It's a small improvement.


I actually think Dusty Baker has done a decent job so far. He can't control the lack of hitting from the heart of the lineup.

But I will be extremely worried if the day comes when both Patterson and Hairston Jr. are in the lineup the same day!

 
at 7:12 PM Blogger Kelly said...

Wow! I can't believe there are so many novice Reds fans on this blog, are you kidding me...Hairston???? I have to agree with CSA for the first time ever.....he is not a kid, gmirones, he is 31! HELLO? is anyone paying attention.....look at his career stats! AAA numbers are meaningless in this case, he's been there many, many, many times & it's April.

Castro should be gone; but, good luck with Hairston, another flash in the pan......

Someone also mentioned fantasy value, once again, HELLO? That is completely different and if you can't comprehend that I feel for you......call your nurse for my meds!



Please get literate

 
at 7:12 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

I agree with another Blogger listening to Vin Scully is a treat.Only one feed tonight on extra innings tonight for the game.I have noticed Directv has given fans a choice of which feed they want to watch this season,unlike last season.But only one feed tonight,FSNCN.

Atleast it is Thom & Welsh.Wally & Beav get old,boring,& make more excuses for this team than any other other broadcaster's.Atleast Thom calls out players & Welsh is more critical when working with Thom too.

Wow,3 pitches and it's already Dodgers 1 reds 0 & a base runner on 2nd.OUCH

 
at 7:15 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Hairston was hitting against AAA

you replaced one weak hitter with another

move of absolutely no consequence

Jerry Hairston, Jr.

And the Reds' journey to the dark (and Dusty) side is now complete.

This is the same guy that hit .189 for Texas last year and .207 for Chicago the year before, right? How is he any different from Juan Castro? Oh, wait, he's not nearly as good a fielder.

 
at 7:32 PM Blogger anti-media said...

We are now paying for many of W.K.s many blunders!!Thanks to Bob C. for eating many millions due to Cluless being totally incompetent.I hear that W.J. is now the man, and we are seeing better moves being made by the Reds. WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY

 
at 8:00 PM Blogger T-Mac said...

This move does absolutely nothing for us. We are replacing one scrub for another. Can we finally move on from Fogg/Belisle and give Bailey his reps already!

 
at 8:21 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Hairston for Castro is roster tinkering, not a major move, and fundamentally this team is not a whole lot different. Only in a small market does a move like this merit a lot of attention. Krivsky is such a tease.

Why *not* cut Coffey and bring up Bray? Why *not* bench Patterson and give Bruce a shot? This is a sub-.500 team with young talent in the minors. Dusty talks about clogging up the bases -- how about useless veterans clogging up the roster?

Why not make some major changes?

 
at 10:16 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

Yes it is just Hairston but heck, at least it's a move. And as much as I liked Castro he just didn't belong on this team. His glove wasn't needed and the offense has too many holes in it to cover up his lack of a bat.

Now if we can just get Patterson arrested for Grand Larceny and kicked off the team for stealing so much of the Red's money we'll be in even better shape.

 
at 12:07 AM Blogger robdicken said...

I agree with the move. What's there to complain about? We went with the depth that we have. We replaced a guy that ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT hit with someone that can come off the bench and have a spot start and CAN HIT.

I never did understand the obsessions with Juan Castro.

Hairston can play infield and outfield. Castro was dead weight. Good rithens!

 
at 11:14 AM Blogger ewad said...

Agree with the move, but I hate to see a guy like Castro go down. He isn't much at the plate but he is one of the better glove guys around. From what I hear he is also a real plus in the locker room.

 
at 1:47 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Actually Hairston has spent at least parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues and has proven that he can't hit either.
The Amazing Mo Krivsky & Curly Baker strike again.
By the way how long has it been that CSA has been telling those clamoring for Belisle that they were in for a rude awakening?
ST CSA

 
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