So long, Ryan Freel. It’s been fun having you around. I’m sure Cincinnati is going to miss Freel, since he’s the prototypical Rose/Sabo hustler-type.

My thoughts on yesterday’s trade run along the same lines as a comment made by Bill on yesterday’s post:

I don’t care about losing Freel, he’s often injured and reckless anyway. A replacement for him is easy to find.

My concerns are that there is much talk about strengthening the defense up the middle. This doesn’t do it. Hanigan is the back up, they aren’t going to pay Hernandez $8M to sit. But that still isn’t my main problem with the deal… (snip)

If it had been Freel for Hernandez even up, I’d have no problem with it. But to give up a player at the weakest position on the team, take on salary, give up two pretty decent prospects for a catcher that needs a “change of scenery” because he supposedly gave zero effort last year, who plays bad defense, is coming off a bad offensive year, and is 33?

Seems like short term thinking to me and doesn’t improve THIS YEAR’s team that much.

Indeed.

Anyway, it seems like the Reds blogosphere isn’t ecstatic about the trade. Reactions:

–Red Hot Mama was in such a rage that she podcasted her thoughts.

Dunn and Dunner: “As for Ramon Hernandez. It’s safe to say I’m about as down as I could be on this guy. All reports on him say that he is lazy, and a bit of a mental case.”

Chris Sabo’s Goggles: “I really don’t know what to think about this trade, so rather than take the time to collect my thoughts and post something sensible, I’ll respond impulsively and type whatever comes to mind, with total disregard for the facts.”

Church of Baseball: “I sure hope Walt knows what he’s doing.”

Red Reporter: “All of this is to say once again that I don’t mind Hernandez as a backup catcher, but I fear that is not how he will be used.”

–Doug Gray, as usual, being the sensible one among us, analyzes the prospects that the Reds traded to the O’s.

Blue Collar Baseball: “Taking emotion out of the equation, I like the deal.”

Diamond Hoggers: “We liked Freel because he was a lot like you and I. He was a spark plug. It was a feel good story of a guy who just grinded his way to fame and a spot on a big league roster.”