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Monday, September 13, 2010
Reds acquire Bloomquist, clinch pennant


Just waiting to see what Redleg Nation has to say about this one:
Congratulations to Willie Bloomquist, who gets to spend a few weeks playing for a good team.

Congratulations to Ned Yost, who will no longer be tempted to write Willie Bloomquist's name into the lineup (granted, Yost has given into that self-destructive temptation substantially less often than Trey Hillman did).

And finally, congratulations to the Cincinnati Reds, who ... Hmmm. I might have to think about this one for a few days. Bloomquist wasn't on the 40-man roster on August 31, which means he wouldn't be eligible for the postseason roster even if the Reds suddenly developed the need for a super-utility player in October.

Maybe they're just desperate to lay claim to Bloomquist now, to get a head start on putting together their 2011 roster? Except Bloomquist can become a free agent after this season. Were the Reds really so desperate to get a jump on locking up Willie Bloomquist that they could justify sending the Royals a few thousand dollars or a warm body?

There's a story here, friends. And it almost has to be a strange one.