Hooray for Wayne Krivsky! The new Reds' GM has been one of the most proactive executives in the game this summer, an animal unbeknownst in Cincinnati since Jim Bowden left town. Krivsky knows that the Reds, even with a flawed pitching staff, can find a place in what will be a weak NL postseason lineup.
Both Lohse and Cormier figure to pitch from the bullpen, making the game shorter for starters like Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang. In the past month, backed by new Reds ownership, Krivsky has added Eddie Guardado, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray and these two pitchers to what is now a sturdy pen.
"They stepped up here. We took on some extra payroll. They're standing behind some of the statements they made when they took over the club," Krivsky said of ownership, including new top man Bob Castellini. "I can't emphasize that enough."
Bottom line: Lohse wants to return to the rotation eventually, but he'll be fine in the pen in his switch to the NL, for now. And veteran Cormier must feel like he stepped onto the cliff's edge just as the bridge collapsed behind him. The Reds are players.
Ken Rosenthal, FOXSPORTS
In a market almost devoid of pitching, Reds GM Wayne Krivsky overhauled almost his entire bullpen, acquiring five...count 'em, five....relievers. His trade with the Nationals drew criticism from almost every corner of the industry, but Krivsky identified his team's weakness and attacked it relentlessly.
The Reds, 10-6 since the trade, continue to lead the NL wild-card race. It still seems illogical to swap two 26-year-old position players, shortstop Felipe Lopez and outfielder Austin Kearns, for two middle-inning relievers, right-hander Gary Majewski and left-hander Bill Bray. But let's see how it all turns out. Both Lopez and Kearns are flawed. And if the Reds make the postseason, Krivsky will be Executive of the Year.
CBS Sportsline.....Standing ovations
Cincinnati: Maybe the Reds don't catch St. Louis in the NL Central. Maybe they don't even hold onto their current wild-card playoff slot. But rookie general manager Wayne Krivsky, after waiting years to get his chance to run a big-league club, has done a phenomenal job in completely overhauling a bullpen that was leaking more than BALCO grand jury testimony.
A few weeks ago the Reds bullpen ranked last in the NL. In short order, Krivsky added Bill Bray and Gary Majewski , Eddie Guardado and, on Monday, Rheal Cormier and Kyle Lohse. Krivsky was criticized in some quarters for overpaying in the Bray/Majewski deal, but that chorus was braying mostly because their pants were too tight. Krivsky has watched a huge problem develop this summer and he's attempting to do something about it.
If Krivsky remodels this well at home, his wife undoubtedly has the nicest kitchen in the state.