Joe Sheehan has a quick hit (subscription) on the Reds’ current machinations:
He praises Miley for “finding ways to get Felipe Lopez and his upside into the lineup,” though would “prefer to see it cost Rich Aurilia (.202/.232(!)/.362) rather than D’Angelo Jimenez (.217/.309/.265).” He notes that neither part of the Opening Day double-play combo has earned his keep.
I’m less enamored of the way in which Ryan Freel steals time from Austin Kearns. Conceding that Freel is playing well and Kearns isn’t, that’s not the kind of decision that’s going to help the Reds with the NL Central anytime soon. Kearns needs a change of venue as bad as any player in baseball.
I hate it, but I have to agree. I hope Kearns gets to go somewhere where he’ll be appreciated.