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bleedsred
07-16-2006, 07:28 PM
LHP Mike Venafro requested and got his release from the Reds' Triple-A team. Venafro was released by the Mets on March 30 and signed a minor league deal. He had a 2.45 ERA in 36 relief appearances for Louisville.:bang:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=260716117

Didn't see this posted anywhere....

savafan
07-16-2006, 07:32 PM
18 Ks in 22 IP, why is Weathers still on this team?

bleedsred
07-16-2006, 07:35 PM
A look at his stats....

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Mike%20Venafro&pos=P&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=150291

captainmorgan07
07-16-2006, 07:39 PM
im wondering why he wanted his release not happy in AAA

bleedsred
07-16-2006, 07:40 PM
A LHP that has allowed 0 HR in 22 IP/ 36 games at AAA....why do the Reds let a guy like this go without getting anything in return?

Blue
07-16-2006, 07:57 PM
A LHP that has allowed 0 HR in 22 IP/ 36 games at AAA....why do the Reds let a guy like this go without getting anything in return?

Because of guys like Mike "two out lightning" Burns.

CTA513
07-16-2006, 08:01 PM
Because of guys like Mike "two out lightning" Burns.

Mike Burns has a 1.25 ERA in AAA.

:evil:

IslandRed
07-16-2006, 08:13 PM
Mike Venafro's about to turn 33 years old and has bounced between the majors and Triple-A for years. He's a known quantity and a walking definition of "journeyman." Look at his numbers a little closer -- 36 appearances, 22 innings. He's only getting one or two outs per appearance, and if splits were available, I'd wager he's pitching almost exclusively to left-handers. Triple-A journeyman LOOGY isn't much to get excited about when we already have three lefties in the pen.

savafan
07-16-2006, 08:16 PM
Mike Venafro's about to turn 33 years old

Wouldn't that have made him the youngest member of the bullpen not named Todd Coffey a month ago?

IslandRed
07-16-2006, 08:22 PM
Wouldn't that have made him the youngest member of the bullpen not named Todd Coffey a month ago?

Well... yeah. Good point.

I just wanted to mention that we weren't talking about a prospect here, in case anyone reading the thread wasn't familiar with him.

KronoRed
07-16-2006, 08:37 PM
Mike Burns has a 1.25 ERA in AAA.

:evil:
AAAA allstar ;)

Reds Nd2
07-16-2006, 08:40 PM
im wondering why he wanted his release not happy in AAA

It isn't uncommon for a player who signs a minor league contract to have an out clause in his contract. Typically it states that if they aren't on the major league roster by a certain date, they can ask for their outright release.

Venafro will become a free agent and can sign with any team looking for a too short Loogy, who gives up too many hits. If he wasn't left handed, he would have been selling Lady Kenmores by now.

Jpup
07-16-2006, 08:41 PM
it seems like, about a month ago, I wanted him called up and got very little support for the idea.