Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Wells has 8-9 years in the majors, so he can be a free agent. Unless the Reds sign him during their exclusive negotiating window, he won't be on the 40-man -- he'll file for free agency.
If that is the case, and I have no reason to doubt it, the Reds would retain Wells on the 40 only if they were prepared to make him a serious offer. I doubt that is the case.
As for candidates for the fifth starter spot, in addition to Owings and Maloney I would add Masset and Ramirez. I think many of us wrote Masset off after he was the first starter candidate eliminated last spring. He responded to being sent to the pen with a fine year that showed much improvement. H/9 and WHIP down and K/9 up. I may have seen a small sample, but it seems to me that his velocity was up as well.
I like having Ramirez and Owings on the 25 because either can make a spot start if needed.
I am not sold on keeping Burton, especially if he is arbitration eligible. His numbers have been going down at a point in his career when he should be improving. Nor am I sold on keeping Bray. He might come out of surgery a better pitcher, but it is a gamble. I would prefer keeping LeCure and Watson. Watson is wild, but has good upside.