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RadioWink
02-14-2007, 04:46 PM
TODAY’S NEWS: The Reds today signed to a minor league contract and invited to Major League spring training camp RHP Kerry Ligtenberg, increasing the club’s spring roster to 57, and signed to a 1-year contract RHP Jared Burton.



Ligtenberg, 35, spent last season with the Cubs’ Class AAA affiliate in Iowa and posted 18 saves and a 3.57era in 53 relief apps...he allowed just 6 walks in 58.0 innings while striking out 44...in 8 Major League seasons he has a 3.82era in 386 relief apps for the Braves, Orioles, Blue Jays and Diamondbacks...in 1998 for the Braves he recorded 30 saves and a 2.71era in 75 apps, all career bests...Burton, 25, was selected from the Athletics in December’s Rule 5 Draft...last season at Class AA Midland he made a career-high 53 apps, all in relief.

RedsManRick
02-14-2007, 04:49 PM
More depth = good. Even if the quality isn't top notch.

Heath
02-14-2007, 04:59 PM
Kerry Lightenburg is still pitching?

He had one great year. check that, one great July/August/September.

Bullpen fodder. No Big Deal. Just fun to see numbers in the 90's now, I'm sure.

captainmorgan07
02-14-2007, 05:00 PM
veteran guy prolly AAA if we keep him

pedro
02-14-2007, 05:01 PM
When he was healthy he was a fairly competent reliever.

Gallen5862
02-14-2007, 05:10 PM
A nice low risk type signing for the Bullpen. I like the signing of Lightenburg.

Razor Shines
02-14-2007, 05:28 PM
Wasn't Ligtenberg the one with some sort of Chemical Engineering degree? If that's the right guy then I remember all the talk of how great he was going to be, guess not.

rdiersin
02-14-2007, 05:31 PM
Wasn't Ligtenberg the one with some sort of Chemical Engineering degree? If that's the right guy then I remember all the talk of how great he was going to be, guess not.


Are you thinking about a Reds prospect? It was Thomas Pauly that had the masters in ChemE. He had shoulder surgery, JaxRed had an interesting post about him in the minor league forum, FYI.

Razor Shines
02-14-2007, 05:33 PM
Are you thinking about a Reds prospect? It was Thomas Pauly that had the masters in ChemE. He had shoulder surgery, JaxRed had an interesting post about him in the minor league forum, FYI.

No I was thinking about a Braves closer from a few years ago.

Razor Shines
02-14-2007, 05:37 PM
He is the guy that I was thinking of. I guess it was more than a few years ago though. His career K/9 is pretty nice at 8.2, but it's been a while since he's pitched well and he's now 35.

rdiersin
02-14-2007, 05:38 PM
No I was thinking about a Braves closer from a few years ago.

Might be, I am not sure on Lightenberg, as far as if he is a ChemE. He was the Braves closer a couple of years ago. If so, I might have to root for him. Us nerdy engineering types have to stick together, even if he is a ChemE instead of an EE. ;)

Razor Shines
02-14-2007, 05:39 PM
Might be, I am not sure on Lightenberg, as far as if he is a ChemE. If so, I might have to root for him. Us nerdy engineering types have to stick together, even if he is a ChemE instead of an EE. ;)

Yeah he got his from the University of Minnesota.

redsmetz
02-14-2007, 05:51 PM
Does this mean Ligtenberg will help with team chemistry?

thatcoolguy_22
02-14-2007, 07:39 PM
Does this mean Ligtenberg will help with team chemistry?

boo! :)

Lightenburg could be getting a look at a possible closer role. If he can still bring it somewhere above 95 it would be a good idea to me IMO.

NatiRedGals
02-14-2007, 07:58 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=2Jhomyp53MI

Jared Burton

corkedbat
02-14-2007, 07:59 PM
I thought Burton was a southpaw

tripleaaaron
02-14-2007, 09:04 PM
I always liked lightenburg, unfortunately I think it only had to do with his sideburns and not his talent, much like I really liked Ben Weber

Degenerate39
02-14-2007, 09:14 PM
Just what we need :rolleyes:

Doc. Scott
02-14-2007, 10:51 PM
Wasn't Ligtenberg the one with some sort of Chemical Engineering degree? If that's the right guy then I remember all the talk of how great he was going to be, guess not.

Obviously, that was John Rocker.

Razor Shines
02-14-2007, 10:58 PM
Obviously, that was John Rocker.

No Rocker was the social worker turned reliever. Doesn't he still volunteer at soup kitchens and AIDS clinics?

Superdude
02-14-2007, 11:22 PM
Does he still have the pork chop side burns? It may have been worth the pick up just for that.

fadetoblack2880
02-14-2007, 11:32 PM
so now that they signed burton, does he still have to stay on the roster all season?

redsmetz
02-15-2007, 06:35 AM
so now that they signed burton, does he still have to stay on the roster all season?

Yeah. This is just setting up the contract he'll play under this year. He's still a Rule V guy and will have to stay, barring a trade which makes him ours completely. I think there are still PTBNL's from the Saarloos trade (we each had PTBNL in that trade is what I'm saying).

Newman4
02-15-2007, 08:53 AM
I found I picture of Ligtenberg from AAA Iowa. Looks like he lost the po' chops, but has some kind of long hair/mullet. If he had a mullet and Pork Choppers then he makes the team automatically.

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/32/328160.jpg

bucksfan2
02-15-2007, 09:43 AM
Little risk, high reward. Lets assume that he has a good spring and shows that he still has something left in his arm. He can be an effective man out of the pen while maybe being traded at the trade deadline for a prospect. If he shows that he has little left he is cut and all they really didn't waste much because he was signed to a minor league contract.

Always Red
02-15-2007, 10:18 AM
No Rocker was the social worker turned reliever. Doesn't he still volunteer at soup kitchens and AIDS clinics?

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
1st LOL of the day, Razor- thanks for the laugh!

TheWalls
02-15-2007, 10:22 AM
Burton - yes! Studdly young arm from a team that knows how to develop pitchers. I would love to see him force his way onto this staff.

Lightenberg - NO! Puts the "Old" in Old Red Guard. He gets an honorary spot in Louisville until a youngster from AA is promoted and then a bus ticket back to the Minnesota alumni game the scouts watched him at. UGH!

Brian
02-15-2007, 10:47 AM
I don't mind more depth and competition for big club and AAA spots, but I do worry a little bit about finding enough innings for all of these bubble guys to show what they have. 5-6 innings each for the relievers isn't going to do it and there's still a good deal of uncertainty about the rotation past the first two.

Superdude
02-15-2007, 11:02 AM
If he had a mullet and Pork Choppers then he makes the team automatically.

That's a given. There's nothing Narron and Krivsky love more than an old relievers with big sideburns. Hopefully he's worked on that part of his game over the winter.

5DOLLAR-BLEACHERBUM
02-15-2007, 01:09 PM
Found a link to the Ligtenburg fan page, we need to sign this guy/girl up for RZ.
http://www.geocities.com/klfanpage/index.html

BRM
02-15-2007, 01:13 PM
Ligtenberg last tasted MLB success in 2003. He's definitely a longshot to do anything productive for the Reds this season but it won't cost them much to check him out in the spring.

Highlifeman21
02-15-2007, 04:30 PM
I found I picture of Ligtenberg from AAA Iowa. Looks like he lost the po' chops, but has some kind of long hair/mullet. If he had a mullet and Pork Choppers then he makes the team automatically.

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/32/328160.jpg

Just remember, Danny Graves sucked something fierce once he got rid of his mullet. Mullets are serious things.

The more mullets on this team in 2007 the better. They just might even sniff .500. But probably closer to 75 wins.

Redsland
02-15-2007, 05:21 PM
Kerry Ligtenberg's wedding party:

http://www.mulletsgalore.com/assets/images/picturebooks/23_mulleted_matrimony/bogan_love.jpg

:)