Wow, no response, could we get anything that resembles a pitcher for EE????
Not sure but Freel is awful at 3B
Could we? Sure.
Would it be a top or the league closer? Probably not.
Will we? I seriously doubt it.
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This team doesn't just need a closer, it needs a DOMINANT closer. That would slide Weathers to the 8th inning set-up role and make this bulpen A LOT better. The problem is, there are no dominant closers available at this time. At the trade deadline, maybe . . . but will the reds be too far out of it to be a buyer then? I think the best option for finding that dominant arm is via free agency this off season. Until then, enjoy innings 1-7 of the Reds. Just make sre to tune out before the 8th!!
FYI - List of Free Agent to be closers:
Of course, a lot of these guys are WAY past their prime and some may have an option with their existing team. I would love to work a deal NOW that lands Linebrink and locks him up for around 3 years.
Free Agent Info From: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2006/1...lb_free_a.html
Yes Smoltz did. And, he's back to starting to boot (and extremely effectively I might add)...
Wickman is also signed for next year. Cards have an option on Izzy.
I have been clamoring for Linebrink for weeks now, I would imagine he could be had for EE and a prospect. It depends on how much the Reds are willing to pay. Teams know the pen is our big weakness and will surely ask the moon for a quality arm.
Why trade a good young 3rd baseman for a closer? We need both but I'd rather have Edwin. As for closer why not try out McBeth or another minor league relief pitcher? Maybe wait for Bray to come back?
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