Re: The case for keeping Weathers
I think the biggest drawback to unloading Weathers is that the dreadful 8th inning pitching that we've seen too frequently would become dreadful 8th AND 9th inning pitching. The reports of successful outings by Bray and Majewski in Louisville are encouraging, but it seems premature for the Reds to count on either or both of those guys to pick up the slack if Weathers is shipped off. It's even less clear where the solution is among the rest of the bullpen crew.
It's easier for me, and probably the average fan, to envision that losing Weathers will cause the Reds to lose games than it is to envision that happening in the wake of the loss of anyone else on the roster. Stormy has been a great safety net lately.