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    Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Per Marc:

    Veteran reliever Rick White has agreed to a one-year, $600,000 major league contract with the Reds. He also could earn up to $300,000 more in performance bonuses.

    White, 37, is a lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio. He made 71 appearances for the Pirates last year, going 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA and picking up a couple of saves. He has 520 career big-league appearances for the Pirates, Devil Rays, Mets, Rockies, Cardinals, White Sox, Astros and Indians.

    The Reds will have to make a move to free up a slot on the 40-man roster. Could this be the end of the Bubba Nelson era?
    Posted this thinking it would get lost in the other thread

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    So who do we lose from the 12 man staff? Of course, usually we start off with 11 in April, but let's assume that's Wilson's spot.

    Locks:
    1 Harang
    2 Claussen
    3 Milton
    4 Williams
    5 Wilson (if healthy)
    6 Belisle
    7 Weathers
    8 Mercker
    9 Hammond
    10 White

    Should be's :
    11 Coffey
    12 Hudson
    13 Wagner
    14 Shackleford

    Maybes
    15 Simpson
    16 Hancock
    17 Standridge
    18 Burns

    Hmmm... I'd say there's somewhere in the neighborhood of a 0% chance that all 4 of Weathers, Mercker, Hammond, and White are around come August 1st.

    If I'd had to guess, Hudson stays up with a good spring, as does the best of Wagner, Coffey, and Shackleford. The other two start the season in AAA. I must say, it's the most depth we've had in quite a while. Spread the suckage around.

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    I think Coffey and Wagner need to be on this team. We need these guys to be good this year to have a reasonable bullpen.

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Ricky Stone...part deux

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by GADawg
    Ricky Stone...part deux
    Yeah.

    I hope he's cut very early in the season, but I doubt that's going to happen.

    I can understand the need for bodies to pitch against the wall in the hopes of one of them sticking, but let's be serious--this guy's never going to be anything more than mop-up. Not that the Reds don't need that, but they need better stuff more.

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    Yeah.

    I hope he's cut very early in the season, but I doubt that's going to happen.
    hell, they gave him a major league deal.

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    I really don't understand this signing. You don't suppose that the Reds have a possible trade in progress, in which they send one of Mercker/Weathers plus one of our OF's for a starting pitcher? The Dodgers have plenty of good young pitching, plus a surplus 1st baseman. Naw, this is probably something that was in one of those pretty binders that DanO left in his desk. Too bad they didn't throw all those binders out.
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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85
    hell, they gave him a major league deal.
    Yeah, that's the part I don't understand. Why a major league deal? If they like the guy, fine. Give him a minor league deal with an invite to ST. How many other teams in baseball would be willing to give him a major league deal???

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    I think it'll shake out this way to start things off:

    1. Harang
    2. Claussen
    3. Milton
    4. Wilson (I think he'll be ready to go)
    5. Williams

    Mercker
    Weathers
    Hammond
    White
    Belisle
    Coffey
    Wagner
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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30
    I think it'll shake out this way to start things off:

    1. Harang
    2. Claussen
    3. Milton
    4. Wilson (I think he'll be ready to go)
    5. Williams

    Mercker
    Weathers
    Hammond
    White
    Belisle
    Coffey
    Wagner
    I'm pretty sure I last heard Wilson will not be ready. I would say Hudson gets his spot, but you are close.

    On the trade. I can't say it was a bad one as his numbers last year kill many of our BP players, but I can't say I really understand this. He's 37 and I don't want to see a Coffey, Belise, or Hudson spot taken by this guy. We'll see if something else goes down.
    And This One Belongs to the REDS!!!

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    This is the final piece.

    We have done it.

    We are officially a 70 win team.
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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Is Rick White really Brad Kullman's cousin?

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Sadly, our 2005 bullpen was full of guys who would envy that 3.72 ERA. I can't poor-mouth this signing. It did not break the budget.

    How about signing Dunn and Lopez?????

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by NC Reds
    Sadly, our 2005 bullpen was full of guys who would envy that 3.72 ERA. I can't poor-mouth this signing. It did not break the budget.

    How about signing Dunn and Lopez?????
    Do you really think he'll have a sub 4 ERA pitching in Cincinnati? That's what scouting and evaluating talent is all about. They can't take his last year's stats and plug them into 2006 in Cincinnati. Exhibit A: Eric Milton

    If Kullman wants the GM job this was not a good move to put on his resume IMO.

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    Re: Rick White does join Reds bullpen

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray
    Do you really think he'll have a sub 4 ERA pitching in Cincinnati? That's what scouting and evaluating talent is all about. They can't take his last year's stats and plug them into 2006 in Cincinnati. Exhibit A: Eric Milton
    Exactly, you can't just look at his stats from one year, and expect him to be the same the next year. It's that mindset that gets you players like Tony Womack. Rick White is a year older now, and he wasn't very good when he was young.
    Last edited by MattyHo4Life; 02-01-2006 at 12:35 PM.


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