Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I would go after Francisco Cordero, Eric Gagne, Scott Linebrink, and Mariano Rivera. They would be very expensive of course. These are the guys that every team will go after, which means they will end up in New York, Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles instead of Cincinnati.
I chose to only mention guys whose club's don't hold an option. If they are any good their club will pick up the option given how scarce quality pitching is around the league.
The list of free agents is not very good at all. It is depressing actually.
If anybody still thinks it might be a good idea to ditch Adam Dunn so we can spend his money on these chumps, you might want to reconsider.
I completely agree on the Dunn comment. Bring him back and save money elsewhere (SS, Catcher, Supersub, aging LH Relievers).
I also agree that at least one high caliber reliever is needed. Gagne has been too iffy for his cost though and as you say he won't likely agree to come here. Neither will Rivera.
Linebrink is scary. His K/9 really dropped and he has some fly ball tendencies that lead me to believe that the park in SD had a lot to do with his success. His away ERAs in 2005 and 2006 are reasonable and don't support the contention that the park was a huge factor, but his BABIP on the Road was .198 in 2005 and a still low .278 in 2006. His FIP for 2007 is 5.58 and I think GABP would be a poor fit. All signs point to a guy ready to take a steep fall in performance and I'd let some one else pay for that.
I Like the idea of Cordero and he'd be on my short list.
Another option might be Joe Nathan. He has a 2008 option for $6 Million. There has been talk that Minnesota just might let him walk and let the younger arms take over (Neshek, Crain, Morlan, etc.) - saving that money to try and re-up Santana and Hunter. If so, his past with Krivsky may give the Reds a shot. In this market the Twins should probably invoke the option and try for a trade, but he'd be my top target if he hits the market. Cordero is my second choice.
With Livigston's injury, the Reds probably need to bring in at least one starter (they probably needed to anyway). There are no top guys and the middle guys will just cost too much. I wouldn't give out any Milton type deals which is what some of these suspects (Lohse, Silva, Wolf, etc.) will probably get. Maybe the Reds should go cheap and bring in some more guys like Victor Santos was in 2007. They could get a head start with Fossum, Tomko, Kennedy and Kim all available right now. They may need these guys to get through the year. Tomko has an FIP of 4.58. Sadly, he'd be the number 3 on this staff.