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REDSEER
07-15-2010, 10:45 AM
Per Sun Deck

(http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20100715/SPORTS/7150309)

41 year old right-handed reliever will head to Louisville for a week or two to test out his arm.


Springer accepted a pro-rated contract offer for $850,000, which means he'll receive less than half of that based on the amount of time he spends with the Reds this season.

Springer was scheduled to fly out today for Louisville, where he must test his arm for 10 days to two weeks at the Triple-A level.

"They've got a young bullpen," Springer said of the Reds, "and they said they needed a guy who has been there before to help in key situations. During my career, I've been in most of them."

Springer posted a 4.11 ERA in 74 appearances for the A's and Rays last year. I like the move; Springer has been a solid reliever for the last five years or so.

Scrap Irony
07-15-2010, 10:50 AM
No harm in signing him. If he comes up, will he be a middle reliever or long guy? Wither the extra starters? Smith? Ondrusek?

Interesting, to say the least.

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 11:09 AM
Cool story. He had several other offers, some more lucrative, but chose the Reds because he was a Big Red Machine fan as a kid (plus, the team's in 1st).

Solid move.

Ghosts of 1990
07-15-2010, 11:09 AM
He was in video games (Tony LaRussa and RBI baseball) when I was a kid.

.....this is not good

reds1869
07-15-2010, 11:27 AM
He was in video games (Tony LaRussa and RBI baseball) when I was a kid.

.....this is not good

So was Arthur Rhodes. That seems to be working out well enough.

edabbs44
07-15-2010, 11:32 AM
He was in video games (Tony LaRussa and RBI baseball) when I was a kid.

.....this is not good

Springer was a beast on The Show a few years ago.

OesterPoster
07-15-2010, 11:57 AM
Springer was a beast on The Show a few years ago.

Plus he gets bonus points from me for his fastballs which seemed to be aimed at Barry Bonds' oversized melon.

Strikes Out Looking
07-15-2010, 12:03 PM
I don't know why I think it's important, but the fact that he wants to play for the Reds is a big deal to me. With Votto and Rolen and some of the other guys, it seems they are starting to build a group that cares about what they are doing as a team, not just individuals. (And this is not meant to be a negative post about any of the players who have been here in the past).

NDRed
07-15-2010, 01:29 PM
I wonder why they wouldn't sign David Weathers instead. Money, availability, or performance???

RedsManRick
07-15-2010, 01:38 PM
He's put up decent numbers, but the guy is a flyball machine. He's got a career GB:FB ratio of 0.52!

OesterPoster
07-15-2010, 02:44 PM
He's put up decent numbers, but the guy is a flyball machine. He's got a career GB:FB ratio of 0.52!

Well, then...Dusty can use him every day on the big August west coast trip, burn him up, and be done with him. :)

PuffyPig
07-15-2010, 03:32 PM
I wonder why they wouldn't sign David Weathers instead. Money, availability, or performance???

Weathers gad few K's last year, and tons of walks and HR's.

camisadelgolf
07-15-2010, 03:56 PM
He's put up decent numbers, but the guy is a flyball machine. He's got a career GB:FB ratio of 0.52!
I noticed the same thing. His numbers have been solid since hitting his 30s, but he's always had a penchant for giving up the homerun. I hope he doesn't see much time in Cincinnati outside of a September call-up because it seems like a Milton-esque recipe for disaster.

_Sir_Charles_
07-15-2010, 04:07 PM
Weathers gad few K's last year, and tons of welks and HR's.

A ton of welks? Good lord, no! Pass! :O)

11larkin11
07-15-2010, 04:26 PM
Weathers gad few K's last year, and tons of welks and HR's.

Posted from your phone? hahaha

KronoRed
07-15-2010, 04:28 PM
This is quite funny.

PuffyPig
07-15-2010, 04:30 PM
Posted from your phone? hahaha


I wish I could say that......

Tom Servo
07-15-2010, 07:24 PM
I see no harm in it, he was a really good relief pitcher for the majority of the decade.

nate
07-15-2010, 07:45 PM
I see no harm in it, he was a really good relief pitcher for the majority of the decade.

Which decade?

:cool:

Tom Servo
07-15-2010, 08:02 PM
Which decade?

:cool:
Well played, nate.

GADawg
07-15-2010, 08:18 PM
Janish has to be peeved now...first they sign O-Cab and now R-Spring.....he'll never get in a game now!

Big Klu
07-15-2010, 08:51 PM
Weathers gad few K's last year, and tons of welks and HR's.


A ton of welks? Good lord, no! Pass! :O)

A-one, an-a-two....

http://www.musictimes.com.au/images/lawrence-welk-with-an-accordion1.jpg

Falls City Beer
07-15-2010, 08:56 PM
Russ Springer is a baseball golem.

LoganBuck
07-15-2010, 09:29 PM
An Amish neighbor of mine came to inquire about buying some bull calves. He heard Lance talking about Russ Springer. He asked, "What did they say about rumspringa?" I nearly fell over.

Tom Servo
07-15-2010, 10:57 PM
An Amish neighbor of mine came to inquire about buying some bull calves. He heard Lance talking about Russ Springer. He asked, "What did they say about rumspringa?" I nearly fell over.
After googling rumspringa, that is the greatest thing I've ever heard.

11larkin11
07-15-2010, 11:11 PM
After googling rumspringa, that is the greatest thing I've ever heard.

You must not live around Amish.

Matt700wlw
07-15-2010, 11:31 PM
Russ Springer and Gary Matthews, Jr are coming to save the day!!! :D

savafan
07-15-2010, 11:40 PM
I was in the 6th grade when Russ Springer was drafted. I'm 33 years old now.

WebScorpion
07-16-2010, 12:20 AM
I was in the 6th grade when Russ Springer was drafted. I'm 33 years old now. Say it ain't so, Sava... weren't you in your early twenties when we started all this?? http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-scared001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
It's funny, since I never SEE anyone I forget that everyone on RedsZone is getting older WITH me.
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-signs080.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Signing Springer sounds like a decent move...if he's got anything left we could use a little stability in the 'pen. If not, like he said, he'll just head back home.

savafan
07-16-2010, 12:32 AM
Say it ain't so, Sava... weren't you in your early twenties when we started all this??

I had just turned 23 when Redszone came into existence, yes. Wow, I've spent almost a third of my life here.

OnBaseMachine
07-16-2010, 02:55 AM
Fangraphs weighs in:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/springer-shows-after-absence/

Ron Madden
07-16-2010, 03:03 AM
This is quite funny.

I'm more afraid than amused. ;)