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Friday, January 13, 2006

Reds - Signed Balfour, Menechino

Cincinnati Reds - Signed P Grant Balfour and IF Frank Menechino to minor-league contracts.

Balfour tore everything in his shoulder so while he’s a good pickup for the Red bullpen, he’s not likely to contribute at all in 2006.  The Reds will probably add him to the major league roster at the end of the year if he’s been showing good progress.  The fact that Balfour is a flyballer is troublesome given the park characteristics and outfield “defense,” however - a team like San Diego or Toronto would be a far better destination for him eventually.

Menechino is a better player than Tony Womack.  Too bad the Reds won’t realize it.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Grant Balfour
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W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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2   2 31   0   35   30   19   6 19 38 4.89

 

2006 ZiPS Projection - Frank Menechino
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
————————————————————————————-
235 32   53 10 1   5 25 35 52   0 .226 .336 .340

Dan Szymborski Posted: January 13, 2006 at 06:34 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lou Patterbrock Posted: January 13, 2006 at 10:03 PM (#1820049)
A pitcher named GRANT BALFOUR?! This must be a joke.
   2. 1k5v3L Posted: January 13, 2006 at 10:15 PM (#1820073)
Balfour really shouldn't have written a book about himself...
   3. Old Matt Posted: January 13, 2006 at 10:21 PM (#1820080)
Balfour really shouldn't have written a book about himself...

Or have made that declaration.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 14, 2006 at 05:26 AM (#1820523)
Grant would be a good pitcher if he would just stop giving up Balfour.
   5. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 14, 2006 at 07:36 AM (#1820618)
Or if he stopped granting it. What a perfect name.
   6. Flynn Posted: January 14, 2006 at 08:49 AM (#1820665)
I'm missing out the humour in Grant Balfour here.
   7. nycfan Posted: January 15, 2006 at 03:08 AM (#1821518)
I'm missing out the humour in Grant Balfour here

grant ball four
   8. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: January 15, 2006 at 03:10 AM (#1821522)
By the way, you're all wrong. Grant Balfour is a bad name, but I still think the worst ever goes to this guy
   9. The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2006 at 03:38 AM (#1821554)
What about Kyle Lohse?

This guy wins, of course.
   10. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: January 15, 2006 at 04:06 AM (#1821585)
Eh?
   11. FDR Jones Posted: January 16, 2006 at 12:32 AM (#1822660)
dude, i just got signed to the Reds. I'm so high right now.
   12. Lou Patterbrock Posted: January 16, 2006 at 05:02 PM (#1823748)
I've read your nominees, but Grant easily has the worst name for a player at his position. Walk is too common, not as good as Walker, and the Bob adds nothing. Tony Suck would've been great but I don't think the term was nearly as insulting in 1880. His descendants however must LOVE the fact that Tony's family "Americanized" the spelling from Zuck to Suck for the sake of people mispronouncing the first consonant.
   13. alio intuito Posted: January 16, 2006 at 06:00 PM (#1823819)
This doesn't have anything to do with baseball per se, but this guy's name just makes me cringe every time I read or hear it: Ouch! Something almost every man would have to fear.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2006 at 07:23 PM (#1823927)
   15. Lou Patterbrock Posted: January 16, 2006 at 07:37 PM (#1823947)
W-O-W!

My name's Johnny Dickshot, but the guys just call me Ugly.
   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 20, 2006 at 06:24 AM (#1829738)
Bill, don't for get about his counter part.
   17. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 20, 2006 at 11:57 AM (#1829892)
Of course, there's the guy whose nickname and real name mean the same thing.
   18. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: January 20, 2006 at 09:10 PM (#1830590)
Randall means penis?

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