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Call Up Reed

May 9, 2008

There is no better time than the present to call up Jeremy Reed from AAA Tacoma.

Reed has been a monster this season, hitting .437/.600. The problem is that there’s no way to know what’s causing this. Has he taken a step forward? Has he simply mastered AAA? Has he become a classic case of the AAAA-type player? There’s only one way to find out. He needs to be promoted to Seattle.

With Sexson suspended, this is the ideal time. Moving Raul to DH and Clement to 1B opens a hole for Jeremy in LF. It necessitates no further lineup changes, which is critical for a team so concerned with “chemistry”.

Considering the swoon the Mariners are in, it cannot hurt for the ball club to try new things. Who knows, maybe Jeremy Reed will hit well in the big leagues. He certainly can’t do as poorly as Jose Vidro (.546 OPS), Miguel Cairo (.243 OPS), or Willie Bloomquist (.505 OPS).

If the Mariners want to find out what they have in Jeremy Reed, and if he’s going to be a valuable part of the club’s future, now is the time to find out.

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