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HalMorrisRules
02-08-2008, 02:50 PM
According to Trent:

The Reds signed LHP Kent Mercker to a minor league contract with a spring training invite.

Mercker sat out last season after elbow surgery. Mercker, a native of Dublin, Ohio, appeared in 37 games for the Reds in 2006.

Mercker was also mentioned in the Mitchell Report. In the report, former Mets employee Kirk Radomski told investigators that he sold one kit of human growth hormone to Mercker for $1,600. A copy of a check or $1,600 from Mercker to Radomski was included in the report.

Fellow left-handed reliever Mike Stanton was also named in the Mitchell Report.

Degenerate39
02-08-2008, 02:55 PM
I can't see Mercker having any success in baseball what so ever right now. He's 37 years old and he just came off elbow surgery. Unless he's going to be player/coach of sorts then this is a bad investment on the Reds side. It also doesn't help that Mercker was on the Mitchell Report. I hope they didn't pay much over the minimum.

Natty Redlocks
02-08-2008, 03:12 PM
I can't see Mercker having any success in baseball what so ever right now. He's 37 years old and he just came off elbow surgery. Unless he's going to be player/coach of sorts then this is a bad investment on the Reds side. It also doesn't help that Mercker was on the Mitchell Report. I hope they didn't pay much over the minimum.

Actually, he's 40.

What the hell, the more the scarier.

FreelFanatic
02-08-2008, 03:31 PM
I can't see Mercker having any success in baseball what so ever right now. He's 37 years old and he just came off elbow surgery. Unless he's going to be player/coach of sorts then this is a bad investment on the Reds side. It also doesn't help that Mercker was on the Mitchell Report. I hope they didn't pay much over the minimum.

I don't think it's much of an "investment" when it's a minor league deal. Low risk, high reward...just another arm for ST games. And he's a heck of a guy, from what I hear. Why not give him a shot, regardless of his age?

Degenerate39
02-08-2008, 03:34 PM
I don't think it's much of an "investment" when it's a minor league deal. Low risk, high reward...just another arm for ST games. And he's a heck of a guy, from what I hear. Why not give him a shot, regardless of his age?

His arm will probably go out at any minute. If he can mentor some of the younger pitchers then I'm all for it but other than that I just see it as a waste of money.

redlegs7089
02-08-2008, 03:37 PM
merker > stanton thats the way i see it

OesterPoster
02-08-2008, 03:40 PM
He no longer has the arm of a 40 year old though, unless he's been throwing baseballs with the ligaments which went into his new elbow.

I like it. If he bombs, big deal. If he makes the team, then he's earned it.

FreelFanatic
02-08-2008, 03:42 PM
His arm will probably go out at any minute. If he can mentor some of the younger pitchers then I'm all for it but other than that I just see it as a waste of money.

I think we're all arguing the same pointless argument here. They're giving a respected veteran (Mitchell report notwithstanding) a Spring Training cup of coffee. He's not going to push anyone out of their spot. If miraculously he's a live enough arm to make the roster, it's obviously in place of someone that had to earn their spot and didn't do it. No blood, no foul.

Reverend Doo-Rag
02-08-2008, 03:50 PM
Lets give Gabe White another go-around too.

GoReds33
02-08-2008, 03:51 PM
I like it. If it means less innings for Stanton, I'm all for it. He's got the smarts. It's not like he had a great pitch anyway. He didn't lose his mind while he was off too.

durl
02-08-2008, 04:20 PM
I'm fine with it. Give the guy a shot and see what he does. Prior to his 2006 problems (4.13 ERA), he finished with ERAs of 3.65, 2.55, 2.35, and 1.06.

I don't care if he's 74. If he can post an ERA under 5, he'd be an improvement over last year's bullpen. :)

Handofdeath
02-08-2008, 04:39 PM
Lets give Gabe White another go-around too.

No way he leaves his present job. He's the only one there who can fit into the Chuck E. Cheese costume.

captainmorgan07
02-08-2008, 04:50 PM
notting wrong with this move. If it works atta boy for wayne if it don't no big deal. Kent doesn't have what he used to and i don't expect him to put up much of a fight in spring training.

Handofdeath
02-08-2008, 04:59 PM
He's 37 years old and he just came off elbow surgery.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Mr Mercker turned 40 a week ago.

mlbfan30
02-08-2008, 06:13 PM
Or how about giving Pellend a chance. I'd rather have him getting an invite over Merker. I know its a risk to trust youngish relief pitchers. I know having a veteran bullpen automatically means a good one. Describing a player as and only as "veteran" automatically means he's a bad player

Degenerate39
02-08-2008, 07:26 PM
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Mr Mercker turned 40 a week ago.

My mistake

Homer Bailey
02-08-2008, 07:31 PM
Merck is the man. I know him decently well, and all we did this past summer was talk about Reds stories. He talked all summer about making a comeback, and I'm happy for him.

Not that everyone here wasn't predicting it, but he was the one that fed me the info that Jerry was getting fired. The guy has some really cool stories.

XU Lou
02-08-2008, 07:52 PM
I don't think it's much of an "investment" when it's a minor league deal. Low risk, high reward...just another arm for ST games. And he's a heck of a guy, from what I hear. Why not give him a shot, regardless of his age?

Agreed FreelFan, there is no risk in such a move and it would be a good experience for the younger pitchers to work next to him. Good move WK :thumbup:

Hey Meat
02-11-2008, 01:11 PM
I say dump the Stanton Man altogether. I would take Mercker anyday over that guy. Stanton is 86 years old and is horrible in the 8th inning as of late. DFA his old tail.

TheBigLebowski
02-11-2008, 01:24 PM
I say dump the Stanton Man altogether. I would take Mercker anyday over that guy. Stanton is 86 years old and is horrible in the 8th inning as of late. DFA his old tail.

I had no idea he was that old. It really is no wonder why he struggled so badly. I'd ask why he's still pitching at this age but we all know of the perils of Spcial Security.