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Tom Servo
01-17-2007, 04:45 PM
CINCINNATI -- The Reds are close to re-signing closer Eddie Guardado to a Minor League contract and inviting him to Spring Training with the big-league club.

A deal could be finalized by the weekend, Guardado's agent, Kevin Kohler said.

"We agree on pretty much everything, but we want to make sure everybody is OK with the way the contract language is written," Kohler said.

Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said earlier this week that he was in talks with Kohler, but has a policy of not commenting on negotiations.

Guardado was acquired by Cincinnati from the Mariners on July 6 for Minor League pitcher Travis Chick and earned $6.25 million in the final season of a three-year contract.

The 36-year-old left-hander had lost his closer's role in Seattle and had a 5.48 ERA in 28 games. But he solidified the Reds' bullpen by going eight out of 10 in save chances with a 1.29 ERA in 15 appearances until he blew out his elbow on Aug. 19. He underwent ligament replacement -- Tommy John -- surgery in September and won't be ready in time for Opening Day.

Because it'd be signing him to a Minor League deal, Cincinnati wouldn't have to use up a 40-man roster spot during camp to retain Guardado. The reliever wanted to be able to continue his rehabilitation with the club while still being around teammates.

"Eddie didn't want to demand a Major League deal where they'd give up a roster spot when he won't be ready until June at the earliest," Kohler said. "Eddie wants to come back there."

Guardado, an All-Star closer with the Twins in 2002 and 2003, began throwing two weeks ago and "feels unbelievable," according to Kohler.

The Reds currently don't have a named closer on their Major League roster. Krivsky and manager Jerry Narron have previously said that right-hander David Weathers and lefty Mike Stanton would likely share the ninth inning role with young lefty Bill Bray also in the mix.

Earlier this week, the Reds inked injured starter Paul Wilson to a Minor League deal and invited him to camp. Wilson has been out since June 2005 and rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery. The club has also been in talks about a camp invite for another injured pitcher, lefty Kent Mercker, who is also recovering from Tommy John surgery.

flyer85
01-17-2007, 04:57 PM
He underwent ligament replacement -- Tommy John -- surgery in September and won't be ready in time for Opening Day.
No kidding, especially since the normal time to make it back to pitching is closer to 12 months. I would say the earliest one could expect to see EG is July, that makes this not a big deal.

LincolnparkRed
01-17-2007, 05:56 PM
The club has also been in talks about a camp invite for another injured pitcher, lefty Kent Mercker, who is also recovering from Tommy John surgery.

I thought Mercker was retiring to go play golf at Jack's Place in Columbus.

pedro
01-17-2007, 06:13 PM
Not a bad idea. The way I look at it if he does come back at the AS break the Reds can trade Cormier or Stanton.

reds44
01-17-2007, 06:14 PM
No kidding, especially since the normal time to make it back to pitching is closer to 12 months. I would say the earliest one could expect to see EG is July, that makes this not a big deal.
Eddie is a good guy to have around in the clubhouse. It's not a big deal, but I am in favor of the move. If he can contribute at any time (even September) then it's that much better.

MartyFan
01-17-2007, 06:15 PM
Pedro:

That was my thought too...

Redsland
01-17-2007, 06:19 PM
No kidding, especially since the normal time to make it back to pitching is closer to 12 months. I would say the earliest one could expect to see EG is July, that makes this not a big deal.
I get a little misty every July when Eddie Guardado arrives to pitch for a few weeks.

:)

MrCinatit
01-17-2007, 06:29 PM
When he was in the pen, I really like Eddie with the Reds. He seemed to be a rather possitive addition.

Tommyjohn25
01-17-2007, 06:43 PM
It may be a long shot, but I hope he comes back and has a successful end of his career whether that's with the Reds or not. He seems to be a very upstanding person with a true passion for the game and a true undrstanding of the team concept.

goreds2
01-17-2007, 07:10 PM
Because it'd be signing him to a Minor League deal, Cincinnati wouldn't have to use up a 40-man roster spot during camp to retain Guardado. The reliever wanted to be able to continue his rehabilitation with the club while still being around teammates.

"Eddie didn't want to demand a Major League deal where they'd give up a roster spot when he won't be ready until June at the earliest," Kohler said. "Eddie wants to come back there."



You have to love a guy like that with a team player attitude. Even if we just use him to get lefty's out.......

Gallen5862
01-17-2007, 10:02 PM
I would like to sign every Day Eddie to minor league deal and have him rehab and be a positive influence with the other pitchers.

vaticanplum
01-17-2007, 10:05 PM
That Braves game when he got -- was it three, all three? -- outs with the bases loaded was one of the seriously overlooked moments of the Reds' season to me.

to me it beat Arroyo's homers, Ross's walk-off, Lizard's good moments, Harang's complete games, Freel Day...really was right up there with Dunn's walk-off grand slam, honestly.

And moments like that make me the irrational baseball fan to the point that I think the Reds should keep him on the roster forever and ever amen.

RFS62
01-17-2007, 10:33 PM
I get a little misty every July when Eddie Guardado arrives to pitch for a few weeks.

:)



It's like when the swallows come back to Capistrano.

reds44
01-17-2007, 10:34 PM
That Braves game when he got -- was it three, all three? -- outs with the bases loaded was one of the seriously overlooked moments of the Reds' season to me.

to me it beat Arroyo's homers, Ross's walk-off, Lizard's good moments, Harang's complete games, Freel Day...really was right up there with Dunn's walk-off grand slam, honestly.

And moments like that make me the irrational baseball fan to the point that I think the Reds should keep him on the roster forever and ever amen.
CAN I GET AN AMEN????!

goreds2
01-18-2007, 12:24 AM
CAN I GET AN AMEN????!

:thumbup:

Ltlabner
01-18-2007, 06:44 AM
That Braves game when he got -- was it three, all three? -- outs with the bases loaded was one of the seriously overlooked moments of the Reds' season to me.

to me it beat Arroyo's homers, Ross's walk-off, Lizard's good moments, Harang's complete games, Freel Day...really was right up there with Dunn's walk-off grand slam, honestly.

And moments like that make me the irrational baseball fan to the point that I think the Reds should keep him on the roster forever and ever amen.

I was at that game. My all time top baseball moment(s) to date. You are correct VP, it was all three (at least, I'm almost positive). And you are right it is often overlooked in comparison to some of the other heoric moments last year.

Any other Reds bullpen torch artist last year would have ultimatley surredered at least 4 runs had they had bases loaded and no outs. He knucked down, smacked his glove really hard a few times and got the job done. Amazing performance.

DaReds22
01-18-2007, 09:49 AM
i think the Reds should try and get Eddie. He helped us out last year and could help us out again if he gets healthy. If the Reds can sign him to a minor league contract then they are getting a steal.

RichRed
01-18-2007, 11:19 AM
It's like when the swallows come back to Capistrano.

Who is this Capistrano fella and can he pitch?

muethibp
01-18-2007, 03:02 PM
In this article Putz gives Eddie serious props for showing him the closing ropes last year.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003529963_mari18.html

Joseph
01-18-2007, 03:07 PM
Who is this Capistrano fella and can he pitch?


Yeah, he pitched for the Brewers last year I'm almost certain. Chris Capistrano.

Blitz Dorsey
01-19-2007, 01:21 AM
We can joke and call him "Every Other Month Eddie" but I agree that when the guy was in there he was a gamer and found the way to get the job done. I put him in the Pete Harnisch, Jeff Brantley category of guys who pitched above their abilities in part because of their intensity and IQ for the game. Doesn't have great stuff, but he comes after hitters and knows how to mix it up. His arm is probably shot for good now, but there's obviously no risk in signing him to a minor league deal. It can only work out well for the Reds.