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OnBaseMachine
07-15-2010, 02:42 PM
From Buster Olney's twitter:

Heard this: The Reds are looking hard for a right-handed reliever. Pure speculation: You wonder if Kerry Wood would be a good fit.

http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN

Ghosts of 1990
07-15-2010, 02:45 PM
Brad Ziegler, Michael Wuertz.... couple of A's pitchers who could be have for projects and prospects.

fearofpopvol1
07-15-2010, 02:45 PM
Wood is too expensive and has put up bad numbers this year. Pass.

traderumor
07-15-2010, 02:47 PM
Russ Springer, come on down, you're the next contestant on The Price is Cheap!

Blitz Dorsey
07-15-2010, 02:48 PM
Danny Graves?

(Go ahead and give me the middle finger for that post. I deserve it. And tell me "Go back to Columbus.")

mbgrayson
07-15-2010, 02:50 PM
JJ Putz.

Hoosier Red
07-15-2010, 03:00 PM
Danny Graves?

(Go ahead and give me the middle finger for that post. I deserve it. And tell me "Go back to Columbus.")

Only if we can make you feel small at the same time.
My favorite shirt of all time was the one Red Reporter put out "We boo because you suck."

What I'd give to be able to get one of those.

OnBaseMachine
07-15-2010, 03:05 PM
I want Leo Nunez from the Marlins. He turns 27 in August and is having an excellent season: 36.2 IP, 9.08 K/9, 2.21 BB/9, 2.95 ERA. Maybe the Reds can put together a package for Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez.

*BaseClogger*
07-15-2010, 03:06 PM
JJ Putz.

The White Sox are in first in their division with two weeks left before the deadline...

HotCorner
07-15-2010, 03:09 PM
Joakim Soria. :D

If I'm shooting, I'm aiming high.

Plus Plus
07-15-2010, 03:10 PM
Joakim Soria. :D

If I'm shooting, I'm aiming high.

Agree wholeheartedly. Soria is worth paying a small ransom for.

Ghosts of 1990
07-15-2010, 03:22 PM
There's a lot of RH relievers out there. We should be able to come away with 2-3 and really rebuild this bullpen without increasing payroll by a significant amount.

bucksfan2
07-15-2010, 03:26 PM
I wonder if Cordero is out on the market?????

hebroncougar
07-15-2010, 03:34 PM
Where's Gary Majewski when you need him?

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 03:46 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing Kerry Wood ride into town for the pennant race.

CarolinaRedleg
07-15-2010, 03:57 PM
Where's Gary Majewski when you need him?

With any luck, warming up in the opposing bullpen.

RedsManRick
07-15-2010, 04:00 PM
We do realize that Kerry Wood has been lit up like a Christmas tree, right? I'm all for adding an established reliever who can bolster the staff, but it better be a real upgrade.

MWM
07-15-2010, 04:00 PM
The Reds looking for a right handed reliever? That's surprising. Thanks for the scoop, Olney... brilliant investigative reporting. :evil:

TheNext44
07-15-2010, 04:05 PM
We do realize that Kerry Wood has been lit up like a Christmas tree, right? I'm all for adding an established reliever who can bolster the staff, but it better be a real upgrade.

I agree. Wood's been terrible this year.

But how about a Cordero + low prospects for Wood trade? The Reds might have to kick in some money.

Wood couldn't be much worse than Cordero and his contract is up at the end of this year. I think the odds of Wood putting it together and having a strong second half in the NL Central is far greater than Cordero doing the same.

Caveat Emperor
07-15-2010, 04:07 PM
We do realize that Kerry Wood has been lit up like a Christmas tree, right? I'm all for adding an established reliever who can bolster the staff, but it better be a real upgrade.

6.30 ERA, FIP of over 5.00, K rate down significantly, BB rate up slightly -- big ol' pass from me. About the only thing Kerry Wood has going for him these days is a name people recognize.

dunner13
07-15-2010, 04:23 PM
Matt Capps would be a great pickup. Is cordero a free agent after this year or next? If its this year then Capps could be the setup man this year and take over closer next year. Im sure he wouldnt come cheaply though.

Kc61
07-15-2010, 04:23 PM
I agree. Wood's been terrible this year.

But how about a Cordero + low prospects for Wood trade? The Reds might have to kick in some money.

Wood couldn't be much worse than Cordero and his contract is up at the end of this year. I think the odds of Wood putting it together and having a strong second half in the NL Central is far greater than Cordero doing the same.

Cleveland would be a seller, they are not taking on Cordero unless the Reds pay his full salary till the end of his contract. Not happening.

The trade is likely to be minor leaguers for a righty reliever.

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 04:28 PM
We do realize that Kerry Wood has been lit up like a Christmas tree, right? I'm all for adding an established reliever who can bolster the staff, but it better be a real upgrade.

Over his last 10 or so outings: 9 and 2/3s, 7 hits, 3 runs, 4 BB 10 K, 15/12 GB/FB

He’s fine.

And he's from Texas.

edabbs44
07-15-2010, 04:40 PM
Over his last 10 or so outings: 9 and 2/3s, 7 hits, 3 runs, 4 BB 10 K, 15/12 GB/FB

Hes fine.

And he's from Texas.

Yeah, it's more about what he's gonna do rather than what he's done. If they see improvement from whatever was a problem earlier, i'm game.

reds44
07-15-2010, 04:43 PM
I hate cherry picking stats for relievers so much.

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 04:58 PM
I hate cherry picking stats for relievers so much.

There's cherrypicking, and then there's identifying patterns.

pedro
07-15-2010, 05:00 PM
There's cherrypicking, and then there's identifying patterns.

9 and 2/3 innings does not a pattern make.

It may be the start of one but for now it's just a really really small sample size.

bucksfan2
07-15-2010, 05:01 PM
9 and 2/3 innings does not a pattern make.

It may be the start of one but for now it's just a really really small sample size.

You could say that being a major league reliever is all based upon small sample sizes.

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 05:02 PM
9 and 2/3 innings does not a pattern make.

It may be the start of one but for now it's just a really really small sample size.

It's a sharp departure from where he was earlier in the year. Plus, if you saw him against the Reds, you know he's still got plus stuff.

Veteran, uber-competitive, can close. Would fit the ballclub nicely.

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 05:03 PM
You could say that being a major league reliever is all based upon small sample sizes.

Yep.

traderumor
07-15-2010, 05:23 PM
Matt Capps would be a great pickup. Is cordero a free agent after this year or next? If its this year then Capps could be the setup man this year and take over closer next year. Im sure he wouldnt come cheaply though.

Oh man, you think Cordero is gasoline these days, Matt Capps, just say no.

westofyou
07-15-2010, 05:26 PM
The Reds looking for a right handed reliever? That's surprising. Thanks for the scoop, Olney... brilliant investigative reporting. :evil:

Busters next scoop will be about a cats search for his missing three handled left handed family credenza

pedro
07-15-2010, 05:27 PM
Busters next scoop will be about a cats search for his missing three handled left handed family credenza

Inside sources claim family Goldfish not at all pleased.

Trouble in the clubhouse?

OnBaseMachine
07-15-2010, 05:51 PM
Leo Nunez should be the Reds No. 1 relief target, IMO. 36.2 IP, 9.08 K/9, 2.21 BB/9, 0.25 HR/9, 2.95 ERA. If you like FIP, his FIP is 2.19. He would greatly improve the Reds bullpen.

Strikes Out Looking
07-15-2010, 06:17 PM
Busters next scoop will be about a cats search for his missing three handled left handed family credenza

Buster is now reporting that his sources tell him that George Steinbrenner is still dead.

jojo
07-15-2010, 06:21 PM
Joakim Soria. :D

If I'm shooting, I'm aiming high.

Surely there is a deal to be made between the Reds and Royals.

klw
07-15-2010, 06:22 PM
Well the Reds signing of Springer would fit the bill described by Olney,.

CesarGeronimo
07-15-2010, 07:15 PM
We do realize that Kerry Wood has been lit up like a Christmas tree, right? I'm all for adding an established reliever who can bolster the staff, but it better be a real upgrade.

Rather than being about upgrading the staff, I think this move would be more about the human drama of giving Dusty a chance to finish Kerry Wood off.

Kidding, only kidding...

RedsManRick
07-15-2010, 07:19 PM
My ideal RHs for the pen: Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Unless were getting a stud, I think our internal options are the best ones.

CesarGeronimo
07-15-2010, 07:21 PM
My ideal RHs for the pen: Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Unless were getting a stud, I think our internal options are the best ones.

Sounds like a great idea to me.

RedsMan3203
07-15-2010, 07:28 PM
My ideal RHs for the pen: Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Unless were getting a stud, I think our internal options are the best ones.

I don't like Homer out of the pen.... I think its a bad idea....

It seems like it always takes him a long time to get going... I'd hate to put him in in a tight game to have him implode.

TheNext44
07-15-2010, 07:29 PM
Nelson Figueroa anyone?

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/07/phillies-designate-nelson-figueroa-for-assignment.html

Brutus
07-15-2010, 07:33 PM
Brutus the Pimp thinks you guys can be merciless. Buster Olney is now reporting that this is the case, according to his sources.

Mario-Rijo
07-15-2010, 08:59 PM
I want Leo Nunez from the Marlins. He turns 27 in August and is having an excellent season: 36.2 IP, 9.08 K/9, 2.21 BB/9, 2.95 ERA. Maybe the Reds can put together a package for Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez.

Yes Leo is the one I have been keeping tabs on. Nolasco though I'll pass on. Cody Ross and I might consider taking a chance on Mike Lamb who seems to have been a horrible match for the Marlins spacious park. It might be nice to have a LH IF bat to backup at 1st and 3rd if he could show some bounce back, quickly.

mbgrayson
07-15-2010, 09:04 PM
Rather than being about upgrading the staff, I think this move would be more about the human drama of giving Dusty a chance to finish Kerry Wood off.

Kidding, only kidding...


Good one. I lol'd.

RedsManRick
07-15-2010, 09:26 PM
I don't like Homer out of the pen.... I think its a bad idea....

It seems like it always takes him a long time to get going... I'd hate to put him in in a tight game to have him implode.

WOuld you rather Matt Capps implode. I'm not suggesting either will be lights out -- just that most of the options available via trade aren't any better.

kbrake
07-15-2010, 09:40 PM
I like the idea of giving Bailey a shot in the pen. He has had quite a few chances at the rotation and quite frankly it appears better options are emerging. Still think his arm could be of value to this franchise in a bullpen role. I don't see the harm in giving him a shot.

lollipopcurve
07-15-2010, 09:57 PM
Bailey and Leake are bad ideas, IMO. These guys are trained as starters. They don't do the "4 times in 5 days" thing, especially not in the middle of a season in which they've been starting the whole time, or injured. For the Reds to get upgraded in the pen, they need a guy who can be out there often and not embarrass himself.

Falls City Beer
07-15-2010, 10:02 PM
Bailey and Leake are bad ideas, IMO. These guys are trained as starters. They don't do the "4 times in 5 days" thing, especially not in the middle of a season in which they've been starting the whole time, or injured. For the Reds to get upgraded in the pen, they need a guy who can be out there often and not embarrass himself.

I have no problem milking whatever we can from Bailey, so I have no problem thrusting him into a bullpen role. But I don't think messing with Leake is the best answer at this point. Just let Leake throw his next ten starts, and shut him down.