Someone explain this one to me:

The Reds have acquired veteran reliever Esteban Yan and cash from the Angels for minor league pitcher Kyle Edens.

Yan, who turns 31 next month, was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday. He has compiled a 6.85 ERA in 13 appearances this year and is making $1.25 million.

Jerry Narron said the Reds will use Yan, who can throw in the mid-90s, as a short reliever. That means it won’t necessarily be Justin Germano getting the ax when Yan gets here tomorrow.

Edens is a non-prospect, so losing him is no big deal. Yan, on the other hand…why? He’ll be 32 next month, and his career stats are not encouraging. With that 6+ ERA, he should fit right in down there in the ‘pen.

This is a nothing deal, unless the Reds waste a ton of major league innings on Yan, and he performs as we expect. Color me concerned about that.

8 Responses

  1. Pinski

    I guess the Reds can just throw money around. Can anyone explain how Esteban Yan is better than Dave Williams?

  2. Brian B.

    Just don’t get the reaction. I don’t know where you thought Kyle Edens was going. Maybe you thought he could have fetched someone better than Robert Manuel.

    This site is like bizzaro-Reds blog. Reactions are exactly the opposite as you would expect.

  3. Chad

    So Brian, you think Yan is a good pickup? Please explain that.

    And I agree, you’re attacking a point that wasn’t even made. I specifically pointed out that Edens was a nobody. I couldn’t care less about losing him.

    What I do care about is when my favorite team wastes innings on a 32 year old pitcher who has a worse percentage of blown saves than Danny Graves — and the worst ERA in major league history for anyone who has been allowed to save as many as 50 games.

    He’s a stiff, and I just hope the Reds can fix him…or if they can’t, I hope they don’t waste too many innings on him. We can’t afford another crappy reliever.

  4. Brian B.

    You guys are exhausting.

    I said I didn’t know where Chad thought Edens was going. In context, that means I didn’t understand why Edens-for-Yan was such a step backward if Edens had no value to begin with?

    Esteban Yan is better than 50% of the current bullpen, and better than 90% of anyone pitching in Louisville. And all we had to give up is Kyle Edens. I just don’t get what would apease you guys. If you want someone better, who are you going to give up? Are you just too comfortable sitting back and whining about everything to think about what would actually be a good move? How about a “let’s wait and see how this works out” every once in a while?

    Yan isn’t going to win any Cy Youngs, but yes I think this is a good pick up. The Reds could use a power arm besides Coffey who can come in and get a couple outs late in the game. If he ends up sucking more than than the status quo, then let him go. And the best part is that he didn’t cost anything.

  5. Chad

    Edens for Yan is a step back because Edens was never going to be a Red. Yan will, and if he pitches like he has been, he will hurt my favorite team. That’s why I don’t like it. If Yan were going to AAA to see if they could fix him, I would be all for it. As it is, he’s going to stink it up in the majors.

    And I’m not sure that Yan is better than anyone in the Reds pen, much less half.

    But I suppose we could be blindly loyal to Wayne Krivsky and never analyze any of his moves for fear of having to be critical. I like Krivsky a lot, but he’s not infallible.

    We praise moves when they should be praised, but we give contrary opinions when we think that is necessary. And we provide a forum where you can disagree with us…but you haven’t given any evidence to back up your assertions.

    If you want a shill for the Reds, go to the official site. If you want to discuss things realistically, RN is the place.

  6. Chad

    Yan isn’t going to win any Cy Youngs, but yes I think this is a good pick up. The Reds could use a power arm besides Coffey who can come in and get a couple outs late in the game.

    You might be absolutely correct, Brian…one other thing you’ll notice is that we try to have an open mind. No one here thinks they are always correct. So tell us why you think it’s a good pickup. Don’t his career stats concern you?

    I want desperately for this to be a good pickup. I want the Reds bullpen to be better. But I see little reason to believe that Yan will help the Reds at all.

    On the other hand, the chances are pretty good that he will hurt the Reds. That bothers me.

    If he ends up sucking more than than the status quo, then let him go. And the best part is that he didn’t cost anything.

    If he were going to AAA, I would agree with you. But he’s coming to Cincinnati, so you are wrong that he “didn’t cost anything” if “he ends up sucking.”

    He will have cost the major league team runs. That’s a significant cost to a team that can’t afford to give up any more than they already are.

  7. Brian B.

    Chad: But I suppose we could be blindly loyal to Wayne Krivsky and never analyze any of his moves for fear of having to be critical.

    and then . . .

    Chad: one other thing you’ll notice is that we try to have an open mind.

    Funny, I would say you’re being blindly critical of those who are being open minded.

    I’m done, but feel free to continue putting words in other people’s mouths so long as its on your own site.

  8. Mark H

    Not a Yan post, but a Jeff Weaver post…where are all of you who ripped me for days on end for suggesting Weaver would be a bad move? His ERA is sky high and he’s looking like the worst free agent signee thus far.