Scouts are impressed, now offer him up for a prospect. Get that salary off the books and free up some room to make a run at a FA pitcher next offseason.
Scouts on Milton
Scouts Row was bedazzled by what they saw in Hammond Stadium Wednesday night from Reds lefthander Eric Milton — five innings, one run, three hits, no walks, six strikeouts.
"Looked like a 20-game winner," said one American League scout.
"Phenomenal," said another AL scout. "I had to take my hat off to what I saw."
"All the scouts who said they didn't like him last year sure like him now," said a National League scout.
Another scout, also in attendance, preferred to talk about bullpenners Matt Belisle and Todd Coffey and said, "Those two impress me with their arms, their stuff and their control." Rotation alignment
As of this moment, barring injuries or natural disasters, manager Jerry Narron has his rotation aligned this way: Righthander Aaron Harang on Opening Day, righthander Bronson Arroyo in Game 2, followed by lefthanders Brandon Claussen, Eric Milton and Dave Williams.
Aaron is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three starts, Claussen is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts, Milton is 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA in two starts, Williams is 1-2 with a 7.20 in four starts and a relief appearance. Arroyo makes his first Cincinnati start Saturday and was 1-2 with a 10.03 ERA in four starts for the Red Sox.