Reds Acquire Wladimir Balentien from the Mariners for Robert Manuel

The Reds have made a deal with the Seattle Mariners, acquiring outfielder Wladimir Balentien for RHP Robert Manuel.

Here are Balentien's numbers for 2009:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Wladimir Balentien 56 155 18 33 10 0 4 13 13 43 1 0 .213 .271 .355

 

Not that impressive, eh?  His overall minor league numbers are much better, so there is hope.  In just over 2400 career minor leauge PAs, he's hit .273/.345/.526, hitting over 20 home runs at three straight levels. 

Honestly, I like this deal.  Balentien was at one time considered untouchable.  The fact that the Reds managed to get him for Manuel, who is good but not outstanding, is a good sign.  Balentien just turned 25 and has the potential to provide the Reds with some right-handed pop that they need.

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