That 4 weeks of pitching cost (say it like Dr. Evil) 1 million dollars
So, can this Marshall guy hit?
Have we heard any updates on Parra?
This move buys them a 30 day window in case the pitching staff goes through another rash of injuries.
Honestly, since Parra's contract is guaranteed anyhow, it would not be a bad idea to keep juggling him on and off the DL all year. If they could have Parra on the DL when the playoff rosters are set, doesn't that open up a pitching slot on the playoff roster that maybe Cingrani could slide into? That's pretty much what they did with Bray and Negron last year -- there were other DL slots, but those guys were pretty much used as placeholders for substitutions.
Anyhow, the point is.. would be nice to let Cingrani finish the year at AAA, bring him up when rosters expand, and then have him as a lefty out of the pen during the playoffs. Cingrani is probably more useful out of the pen in the playoffs than Logan or Simon.
Parra is definitely one of Jocketty's most questionable and puzzling signings in his tenure as Reds GM. The guy is a major project and not really ready to help the Reds now and make their bullpen better. I repeat...he does not make the bullpen better. Jocketty needs either figure out a way to keep him in AAA a while to work out things and keep as depth or admit he made a mistake and cut bait with him.
Despite all the "how many options" talk around here, there hasn't been much difficulty getting guys at Parra's level through waivers down to AAA.
The key IMO is whether teams get so wedded to a guy they won't send him down or disable him. In the Reds' case, they were willing to disable Parra when they needed roster room. It would be much worse if they insisted on keeping him on the roster when not doing well.
Like I said, I am OK in keeping Parra as a "minor league depth guy" but nothing more than that. Until he shows some consistent success as a reliever, he is not deserving of a bullpen spot with the Reds. He did not show that in spring training or in the 2013 season thus far.
Sean Marshall hasn't pitched since may 8th. Hopefully the rest is allowing him to be fully healthy when he does pitch again.