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Reds GM says "there's not a lot of interest" in Micah Owings

Aug 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

Cincinnati has until August 26 to trade or release Micah Owings after designating him for assignment last week, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that “there’s not a lot of interest” in the 27-year-old right-hander.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Owings being “arbitration-eligible next year and represented by Scott Boras … scares teams off” and that may be true, but I’m guessing ERAs of 5.93, 5.34, and 5.40 over the past three seasons is probably the bigger issue.
If the Reds end up releasing him I’m sure Owings can find a minor-league deal somewhere and try to work his way back to the majors, but he’s been so ineffective for so long now as a pitcher and has such an intriguing (and albeit limited) track record as a hitter that I can’t help but think he’d be better off making the transition to full-time position player.

  1. Trevor B - Aug 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Micah Owings does need to try and be Rick Ankiel v2.0. This really will be the only way he’ll be able to see full-time play in the majors again. Being a corner outfielder or a 1b isn’t too out of the question for a 27 year old.

  2. RT - Aug 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    As a Georgia Tech fan, I was surprised to see him as a pitcher and not a full-time player from the get go. I always saw him as a better hitter than a pitcher, plus he was a catcher. He is definitely athletic enough for the OF.

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