This Day in Reds History: Cincinnati obtains Ochoa

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On this day in 1962, former Red Pep Young died in Jamestown, NC at the age of 54. He appeared in four games with the Reds in 1941.

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On this day in 1970, Cincinnati acquired righty Bill Harrelson and pitching prospect Daniel Loomer from the California Angels in exchange for right-hander Jack Fisher. The three players would combine to appear in zero major league games after the trade.

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On this day in 1997, the Reds signed first baseman Brian Hunter. He had previously played for Cincinnati as a bench player in 1994 and '95, but would not appear in the big league during his second stint with the organization.

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On this day in 1998, the Reds signed right-handed reliever Brandon Puffer.

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On this day in 1999, Cincinnati signed Hal Morris. He hit .284 for the team in 1999, but provided almost no power. The Reds sold him to Detroit in July of the following season.

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On this day in 2000, the Reds sent Mark Sweeney and a player to be named later (Gene Altman) to the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Alex Ochoa.

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On this day in 2003, the Reds signed Kent Mercker.

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On this day in 2013, the Reds signed shortstop Cesar Izturis.

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Quone and Kevin Mitchell is Batman each earned a point last Wednesday while RoastBeefKazenzakis earned three points.

Although Alex Ochoa had a largely anonymous major league career, he did manage to post an OPS+ of 137 in a part-time role with the Reds in 2000. That mark would have led the team if he had qualified for the batting title. Among qualified hitters, which Red posted the worst OPS+ in 2000?

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