“It gives us depth in both places that we’ve needed. It gives us a pitcher [Paul Maholm] who we’ve seen him first-hand dominate a game. I think his last month and a half he’s been the best in baseball. We’re lucky to have both guys on this team, and we’re excited about moving forward.
“[Reed Johnson] is going to fit it here so good. Loves to play the game of baseball, gives us that right-handed presence off the bench, can play against lefies for a spot start. He’s a high-average guy, high energy, Gold Glove-caliber outfielder… It’s a good fit.”
“These last eight weeks of the season are going to be huge, and getting both of these guys in one trade was very important.”
“I think it’s a definite upgrade for us in both areas. I think [Maholm] is going to help us out. I think he’s the best pitcher in the National League. Hell, he beat me 1-0. He’s having a heck of a year. He’s under contract next for a pretty good salary for us. Two thumbs up.”
I played with Reed for four years [in Toronto]. I played with Paul for one year [in Pittsburgh]. Scrappy, gamer, do whatever he can to get a hit. Gets his uniform dirty just like Martin [Prado]. He’s the same guy. He plays his butt off all the time. He wants to get his uniform dirty as he can as quick as he can, that’s him in a nutshell.
“And Paul is a veteran lefty. He knows how to pitch. He knows where he wants to put the ball. Great dude, awesome teammate, and he knows what he’s doing. He knows where he wants to put the ball. He can pitch in to lefties. He’s got a big sweeping breaking ball. He’s just a smart pitcher, not overpowering but he knows exactly what he wants to do.”
“Reed is like a grand slam [as a trade pickup]. He’s a good fit. We needed somebody to give those guys a break, like Bourney and [Prado]. And then in the midst defensive-wise we could put somebody out there who can give us both, defense and offense. His numbers speak for themselves as far as pinch-hitting, which we need. When you’re using me as a pinch-hitter, you’re not really going that well. So it’s a really good move.
“And Paul solidifies our rotation. I don’t think it’s that name, that ace. But looking at his numbers lately, he seems to have figured something out. So they did their research it looks like, and really studied it hard, and I like that they didn’t give up that much – a guy that’s coming off injury [Arodys Vizcaino] is always a wild card, and [Jaye] Chapman was a good pitcher. I remember Jaye [from spring training]. But I feel like our needs are…it’s time to win. It’s been that way for the last three years and this year, where we feel like we have a chance to win with the right pieces, and I feel like they did a pretty good job of filling our needs.”
“Both of them [will fit in]. Jack [Wilson] and me and ‘Ski [Hinske] all played with Paul, and ‘Ski played with Reed, and I’ve talked with him a bunch when he was on the Cubs. Just a good guy all the way around, and a fun guy. I think in years past we got, like Bourney last year, maybe not exactly what we needed, but a great player. We had a chance to have a great player. This year, we filled our needs and got good players. We did a little bit of both.
“I know they’re probably not done [adding players], as far ss maybe one more arm in the bullpen, or maybe Moylo [Peter Moylan] comes back, maybe just to lighten the load on some of our stud guys.”
“I think we’re a way better team [than before the trade]. A way better team. I think the consistency that it’ll give us, where we can – it seems like we would have two or three good pitching [performances] together, then we’d lose two or three or four. We were going in spurts and for me, it was all the inconsistency of our starting pitching going along with our hitting. Now I feel like our hitting’s going to be there; I feel like we’ve got a really good, deep lineup. But whether some guys are hot and some guys are not, we’re going to have that starting pitching that’s going to be consistent.”