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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Reds - Signed Hammond

Cincinnati Reds - Signed P Chris Hammond to a 1-year contract.

Nice little signing, as it’s only costing the Reds $800,000, which is only a little more than twice minimum these days.  The Reds need a lot of pitchers that don’t stink and Chris Hammond doesn’t stink, even if he’s ancient.  Having Kent Mercker on the team is also a big help as there will be much less temptation to use Hammond as a LOOGY, a role he’s simply not qualified for.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Chris Hammond
W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
3   3 53   0   57   60   28   7 14 36 4.42

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 21, 2005 at 03:06 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Honkie Kong Posted: December 21, 2005 at 08:13 PM (#1788841)
I like this signing.
The red are putting together a decent offseason.
Now if they can get rid of Eric Milton...

Whats the status of the arms they got in return for Joe Randa?
   2. Spike Owen 10/2/1987 Posted: December 22, 2005 at 12:56 AM (#1789320)
Travis Chick struggled badly with the transition to AA (5.14 ERA, Kper9 down from 11 to 7, BBper9 way up from 2.66 to 4.20). He got really wild after the Reds got him: 21/27 K/BB in 43 IP. On the other hand he was only 21 and got 27 starts and 143 IP at AA with 113 K and 67 BB.

Justin Germano also made 27 starts, with 161 IP at AAA. He improved his already strong control when he got to the Reds: 38/5 K/W in 49 IP at Louisville. But, he took the "pitch to contact" philosophy too much to heart. His H/IP went from 111/112 for San Diego to 62/49 for the Reds. Overall he had a 3.79 ERA, 138 K, 37 BB, in 161 IP. Germano was only 22.

Still a very good trade for the Reds, especially considering their ages and with Encarnacion ready at 3B anyway.
   3. 44magnum Posted: December 22, 2005 at 02:43 AM (#1789525)
In a game last season, Danny Graves blew a 5-1 lead in the 9th and the Padres eventually won in 13. Hammond pitched an inning and tied the Reds batsmen in knots without throwing a single pitch over 68 mph.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with Denorfria & Cruz as the backup OF's & would love to see the Reds sign Matt Lawton for <$1M with plate appearence incentives. Thoughts?
   4. Andrew Edwards Posted: December 22, 2005 at 03:23 AM (#1789555)
I'm back at my parents' place for Christmas, and I just found Chris Hammond's rookie card in my old baseball card collection.

I have no point, I just thought it was cool.
   5. Damon Rutherford Posted: December 22, 2005 at 03:34 AM (#1789575)
The red are putting together a decent offseason.

How so? It's just bells and whistles.
   6. The Hop-Clop Goes On (psa1) Posted: December 22, 2005 at 05:30 AM (#1789711)
How so?

They haven't signed Jacque Jones or Sidney Ponson. It's a case of addition by...uh, adding zero.

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