Reds Wanted Spilborghs For Fogg

According to Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News back on August 1st, the Rockies tried to acquire Cincinnati starter Josh Fogg but the Reds asked for outfielder Ryan Spilborghs in return.  Troy E. Renck does not believe Fogg will clear waivers this month.

Fogg, 31, has a 7.57 ERA in 54.2 innings for the Reds this year.  He’s been a bit better since returning from a long DL stint for back spasms.  Fogg had to wait around until February to sign a one-year, $1MM deal with the Reds, which he probably regrets.  Fogg apparently turned down a preliminary one-year offer from the Rockies soon after the World Series.

Spilborghs, 29 in September, is hitting .314/.420/.497 in 224 plate appearances this year.  He crushes lefties.  However, he has not played since July 8th due to an oblique strain.  Spilborghs is under team control for quite a while.  He’s worth much more than Fogg, even with teams getting desperate for starters.

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