11/13: Cincinnati also inked another minor-league veteran, ex-Yankee lefthander Randy Keisler. A 2nd-round pick in 1998 out of LSU, the 6'3", 190-pound Keisler made it to the big leagues with New York by 2000. He struggled in big-league stints that year and in 2001 before missing 2002 with an injury (presumably arm surgery). He spent 2003 in AAA with the San Diego, Texas, and Houston organizations, pitching well in Portland (5-1, 2.61, 41.1 IP) and okay in New Orleans (2-3, 4.28, 48.1 IP), but badly in Oklahoma City (0-2, 8.53, 12.2 IP). He again made it to the big leagues that year with San Diego, but was beaten around in both of his starts. 2004 saw him move to the Mets organization, and after starting the season late due to more injuries, he settled in at AAA Norfolk and put up a 3.81 ERA in 22 games (21 starts). He allowed 145 hits in 130 innings, but walked just 45 and struck out 110. Seventeen unearned runs did help his ERA a little bit. Keisler will be 29 by Opening Day, and while he hasn't been successful as a starter in the bigs, no one's ever tried to convert him to the bullpen, either. Perhaps the Reds might give that a shot.


In addition, Los Angeles signed catcher Mike Rose (#2) and ex-Reds farmhand Mike Edwards, a third baseman.