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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Reds' Shortstop situation

John Fay has this to say:

ON JANISH: The Reds' plan - at least for now - is to give Paul Janish a shot as the everyday shortstop job. I talked to a scout who's seen him a lot and I asked about how Janish rates.

"He's solid-average," the scout said. "He's limited in range with plus hands and plus instincts. He plays a little tall and that keeps him from getting to some balls. I've always had him as an extra infielder. If you play him every day, he gets exposed a bit offensively. I think defensively I've got him on the 20-80 scale at 60 because of his hands and he's got a strong, accurate arm."

The key is getting a solid backup; Janish tends to wear down a little.

Hmmm. I thought he was wearing down a bit during that stint at the end of the season. In particular, when he had four games in a row with errors, when he hadn't had a single error all season before then.

Still, Fay seems kind of nuts when he suggests the Reds might use all their remaining budget - $4 to 5 million by his estimate - on a backup shortstop. That's more than the Reds paid for their starting SS last year. No way are they going to pay someone that much to back up Janish.


posted by BubbaFan, 7:26 PM


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