All season, the Cincinnati Reds have been looking for live arms for their struggling bullpen. They may have found one on Saturday. The Reds acquired right-handed reliever Marcus McBeth as one of two players to be named later in a deal that sent Chris Denorfia to the Oakland A's on Friday.
McBeth, a former centerfielder, made the conversion to pitching in 2005. He burst on the scene in 2006, excelling as a closer for Stockton, Midland and Sacramento. McBeth saved 32 games for those three A's affiliates last season and he struck out 86 batters in 70.1 innings. He was the closer for the AFL champion Phoenix Desert Dogs this past fall and was the AFL Pitcher of the Week for the week of October 30.
McBeth could join the Reds bullpen sometime this season. The South Carolina grad is armed with a low to mid-90s fastball and a change-up that has been compared to Trevor Hoffman's. McBeth had been acting as the Sacramento River Cats closer this season and he was 1-0 with five saves and a 1.80 ERA in eight appearances for the River Cats in 2007.
Unlike McBeth, Denorfia is guaranteed not to have an impact on the A's this season. Denorfia is on the 60-day DL after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. He isn't expected back on the field until October at the earliest. Denorfia is a good defensive outfielder who can handle all three outfield positions. Denorfia has some good speed, having stolen 15 bases in 16 chances for Triple-A Louisville last season. He had a 724 OPS in 106 at-bats for the Reds last season. For Triple-A Louisville last season, Denorfia had an 893 OPS in 83 games (312 at-bats).
The A's still owe the Reds one more player to be named later, but that player is expected to be revealed for a few more months.
McBeth Dealt To Cincinnati
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