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Delayed Return On Investment

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So far, the infamous 2006 trade between the Reds and Nationals in which the Reds acquired Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and Daryl Thompson hasn't worked out so well for the Reds. Clayton and Harris have moved on. Bray and Majewski haven't worked out very well and started the 2008 season at Triple-A Louisville. However, the fifth player in deal, Thompson, is showing promise.

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Bruce On The Brink

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Jay Bruce sounded a bit like Terminator in the wake of getting re-assigned to the minor league camp. "I'll be back," Bruce said. "When I am, I'll look back on this day and laugh." It wasn't easy to laugh about it when Bruce was sent down a week and a half before camp broke. Bruce is the No. 1 rated prospect in all of baseball. Failure is a rare thing for him.

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Dominican Fruition

John Fay -Premium Content

Johnny Cueto's one-hit, 10 strikeout, no-walk effort in his debut was encouraging on its own merit. When looking at what it could mean for the greater good of the Reds, the importance is even more evident. Cueto is the first product of the Reds' academy in the Dominican Republic to make it to the big leagues. The Reds' pipeline to Latin America dried up when Marge Schott pulled out in the 1980s. The Reds made some sporadic attempts in the early 2000s to re-enter, getting players of the likes of Jose Acevedo and Ray Olmedo.

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