There has been some discussion here about what to do with the gaping hole at first base for the Reds. Personally, I loved the idea of obtaining Hee Seop Choi from the Dodgers.
Well, Wayne Krivsky has been sleeping on the job again:
The Boston Red Sox today claimed first baseman Hee-Seop Choi off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the announcement from the club’s Spring Training home in Fort Myers, FL.
A native of Chun Nam, South Korea, Choi has played all or part of four major league seasons with the Cubs (2002-03), Marlins (2004) and Dodgers (2004-05).
Claimed off waivers! The Reds could have had him for the taking.
That’s a missed opportunity to improve the club. I’m sure Krivsky will sign us another fast guy that can’t hit, though.
UPDATE: Mariners fans are bemoaning the missed opportunity to pick up Choi, as well.
UPDATE 2: JinAZ has some similar thoughts:
I promised I’d stay on the Krivsky bandwagon this year, but I just don’t get this any more than I get the Womack/Howard trade (granted, that was not Wayne’s fault). Maybe he’s just too focused on the LaRue/Penny trade (rumor)… So tip of the hat to Theo Epstein et al over in Boston. We’ll get you some day!! ::shakes fist::
It’s a good idea to stay on the Krivsky bandwagon, for a year or so, anyway. He has to be given some time to turn this thing around after Dan O’Brien ran this club even further into the ground.
But even the most optimistic of Krivsky fans has to concede that the early returns aren’t entirely encouraging.