It doesn't appear that Paul Janish with his gold glove ability and .211 batting average will be the Reds starting shortstop after all. Yesterday the Reds announced that they have reached a 1 year agreement with Orlando Cabrera. They signed him to a relatively cheap deal, $2.02 million guaranteed. There is a mutual option for 4 million for next season. Cabrera is a solid offensive performer. Over his last 4 seasons he has hit at least .280. Last season he hit .284 with 36 doubles, 9 HR, and 77 RBI. He plays in nearly every game, never playing in less than 155 games over the last 4 years. He has also won two gold gloves in his career but he has lost some range. The Reds were the only team offering the starting SS gig, most wanted him to play 2B. Janish is still around as a late inning defensive replacement if needed.
The Reds also made a trade with the Oakland A's. They traded Dusty's favorite CF, Wily Tavares and Mr. Hustle (but lacking in talent) Adam Rosales for Aaron Miles. Miles can play all over the infield and LF. He brings a veteran prescence to the Reds bench. He had a rough year last year in Chicago, but seriously, who didn't? In 2008 Miles hit .317 over 408 AB for St. Louis. A Reds fan has to love this deal because this seals Drew Stubbs spot in CF.
I like the way the roster is shaping up. I feel much better with Cabrera at SS. We need some offense on this club. They did not sign him to a long term deal. This is probably just a stopgap for Todd Frazier, which is all that we need. If everyone can stay healthy, I really like our infield with Rolen, Cabrera, Phillips and Votto and Miles and Janish on the bench.
Pitchers and catchers report in 16 days. Looking forward too it!