Originally Posted by mth123
This is a solid point and one I thought of. Wells has pitched well enough that he may be inclined to test the waters. But if the Reds are doing what is best for the reds (and the money is not too much) I'd rather have Wells on the 40 man than worrying about protecting Sam Lecure, Wilkin Castillo or Sean Watson. Its not Wood, Maloney or Ondrusek he'd be pushing off the roster, its some one who has already flamed out in the minors.
I would balk at calling Watson and LeCure flameouts. I don't think the Reds would have sent Watson to the AFL this year if they held that belief. LeCure is 25 with a career ERA of 3.79 and W-L of 39-33. His H/9 is 8.8 and K/9 is 7.9. He has had a tendency to struggle at each new level, then figure it out.
After having good years for Pittsburgh in 2002-3, Wells has been ineffective. Since then his ML stats are 24W - 54L and an ERA of 5.31. Incidentally, that is close to what he has this year. Yes, he did pitch well at Louisville, but that is not hard to understand for a pitcher with considerable ML experience facing younger players.