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Reds finalize deal with Gary Matthews Jr.

Jun 24, 2010, 8:48 PM EDT

The Reds did what we’ve been expecting them to do for a week on Thursday, finalizing a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and sticking him in Triple-A Louisville.  This according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.

Matthews Jr. was released by the Mets in mid-June after posting a .190 batting average, .260 on-base percentage and .241 slugging percentage over his first 58 at-bats.  It’s no surprise that he struggled in New York, and it won’t be surprising when he fails to perform for the Reds.  He’s just not a very good baseball player these days, and hasn’t been for a while.  Measure it any way you want. 

But Reds GM Walt Jocketty doesn’t seem to agree:

“In the past, he showed that if he plays a lot, he’s a better
player.  He hasn’t had that
opportunity with the Angels or Mets the last couple of years.”

Wait, Walt, are you saying the Reds are going to give him that opportunity?  To play  “a lot?”  Have fun with this one, Cincinnati fans.

  1. CYGNUS X-1 - Jun 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    this is the best our genius gm can come up with?he is going to go with a proven washed up has been since he got off the juice over the a guy in johnny gomes who is playing the best ball of his career?or is he going to be put in center and set back the careers of hiesey and stubbs?well it was fun while it lasted reds fans,once dusty gets him in the lineup he will never leave it no matter how poorly he plays,another taveras/patterson type player dusty loves.this along with making chapman a reliever and rushing him to the majors are desrarate move destined to doom them for years to come.

  2. josh - Jun 25, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    He is going to play a lot in AAA.

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