Cincinnati Reds Must Cut J.J. Hoover Loose
Enough is enough when it comes to Cincinnati Reds‘ reliever J.J. Hoover. His 1-8 record, 5.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP this year are a testament to just how bad of a relief pitcher Hoover really is. Perhaps the Reds are waiting for Hoover to repeat what he did last year when his ERA ballooned to 5.40 in June before reeling off over 26 consecutive scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.72. Hoover finished 2013 with a 2.86 ERA, which was on the heels of a 2.05 ERA in nearly 31 innings in 2012. But that Hoover looks gone for good.
The Reds looked like they had swung an informed deal in 2012 when they traded Juan Francisco to the Atlanta Braves to obtain Hoover. Francisco has since moved on to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he delivers his share of long balls at the cost of an endless string of strikeouts.
But now that Hoover has tanked, the Reds have to be considering how they can unload the righty reliever if for no other reason than to show some courtesy to their fans who have to stomach Hoover on the mound.
The Reds have only optioned Hoover once, but the ideal demotion would be to trade him to another team. The Reds won’t be able to acquire much for Hoover, especially since he has surrendered eight earned runs over his last six appearances, but if any team is willing to offer anything remotely close to a marginal prospect at any position for Hoover, the Reds should make the trade for their fans’ sake.