Cincinnati Reds

MLB Free Agents 2012: Cincinnati Reds Sign Kanekoa Texeira...Who?

I can't guarantee this is Texeira, but it is what Getty gave me
I can't guarantee this is Texeira, but it is what Getty gave meGregory Shamus/Getty Images
Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIDecember 16, 2011

The management of the Cincinnati Reds continues to baffle its faithful followers by landing pitchers that most people haven't even heard of.

The latest "catch" is right-handed relief pitcher Kanekoa Texeira. Don't blame me, I am just the messenger.

According to MLB Trade Rumors.com, the 25-year-old Hawaiian has been signed by the Reds. No monetary information was disclosed so let us proceed straightaway to the statistics.

Texeira, who comes fresh from Kansas City, has appeared in 49 games (all in relief), a 1-1 record with a mundane ERA of 4.66. He has a career WHIP of 1.685 and walks almost as many as he whiffs. Yeah, we need this guy! His only redeeming feature I can see is that his ground-ball percentage is around 52 percent, which would help in HR Heaven currently known as Great American Ball Park.

With Jair Jurrjens, Giovany Gonzalez,  Joe Saunders and even Paul Maholm (you know, guys you have heard of) still looking for a place to land, Walt Jocketty brings in two more arms that look to be of no help whatsoever.

It will be interesting to see if anything else is accomplished by Reds management. Remember the old adage that says crazy is defined by doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?  Looks like the same ol' same ol' to me.

This is "Scoop" Eastham with my ears to the ground. Stay tuned.

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