Originally Posted by pedro
I just don't get that. They guy has pitched really well and is signed cheap for next year. Keeping him doesn't tell us anything about what their plans are other than that they know their BP sucks and they don't want to have to replace the one guy who's provided any semblance of consistency.
Yeah. That's exactly the stance I took at first (and maybe I'm just grumpy Wayne's not making any deals, when I feel he should).
Weathers is really the only RP that can get hitters out right now and that's pretty much a fact. If he were to be traded, we'd be absolutely dismal after he left from the 6th inning on. Weathers is signed to an affordable contract next year. They also have Stanton signed for next year (and likely won't move him). The guy they are looking to move is Coffey. I don't see the Reds spending TONS of money this offseason, especially on a closer. I also haven't seen the Reds throw many of their younger arms in important spots in the game thus far this year. That says to me that David Weathers is going to be penciled in as the closer next year. If he wasn't thought to be the leading candidate they'd either 1) trade him for good, young prospects, or 2) give important innings to younger guys to try them out. As I said, they aren't doing either of those.
I can see holding on to Weathers. He does have a very affordable contract for next year and bullpen help is what they need almost more than anything else. Why trade away the guy that you so desperately need? Well, you trade him away if you had given a shot to Burton, Guevara, Medlock, Salmon, etc and saw that they could perhaps do the job (and thus making Weathers not as important) and if you are being offered two younger power arms that you could use in his place, or two useful pieces for 2008 and beyond. I think Weathers could draw that kind of return, personally. Why hold on to the guy you're depending on for the rest of this year and next year when we likely won't be competing for anything instead of trading him and getting guys that could be part of the nucleus you are building for a championship run?