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    Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Troy Percival is considering a comeback.

    The four-time All-Star closer, who retired as an Angel on Opening Day, resumed throwing about a month ago and is serious about reviving his major-league career, according to his agent, Paul Cohen.
    "If you would have asked me in spring training or April the likelihood of him coming back, I would have said 10 percent," Cohen told FOXSports.com. "I would say now it's 50-50."

    Percival, 37, has not pitched since July 2005 due to an injury to his right forearm. But he recently tested his arm by throwing six straight days and reached 97 mph, Cohen said.

    Given the scarcity of quality relief pitching in the majors, it seems almost certain that a team would take a chance on Percival, who earned 324 saves in his 11-year career.

    Percival saved Games 2, 6 and 7 of the 2002 World Series to help the Angels win their only Series title. His competitiveness and toughness made him a favorite of teammates.

    "When he threw six days in a row, he was pain-free," Cohen said. "He would not have walked away from the game if he had been healthy. He's a guy who had to be dragged off the field."

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Just what we need... another over the hill fireballer in the pen...

    Wait...

    We don't have one of those yet... he'll fit in.
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    The difference between Percival and what we have now is that he's actually proven that he could be a closer. Unfortunately, his commonality is that it was 10 years ago.
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    So what if he's old? He's better at 50% than what we have now at 100%.

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Quote Originally Posted by rotnoid View Post
    The difference between Percival and what we have now is that he's actually proven that he could be a closer. Unfortunately, his commonality is that it was 10 years ago.

    Hasn't Guardado proven he's been a closer before? Maybe not NECESSARILY with the Reds, but before.
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Quote Originally Posted by rotnoid View Post
    The difference between Percival and what we have now is that he's actually proven that he could be a closer. Unfortunately, his commonality is that it was 10 years ago.
    Not true. In 2004 he saved 33 games and had a 2.90 ERA. The time off might have done him some good.

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    I'd take a flyer for the right price.

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Percival was ineffective during his last 3 seasons before ultimately going down.

    Based on that it's unlikely that he would be of much use. If his injuries were the main cause for his ineffectiveness during those 3 years, and now the injuries are behind him, he might be worth a shot.

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Yeah, I would sign him as well...but like the article says RP is in short supply and heavy demand this season with every team so there is going to be a lot of competition to land him.
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Probably would cost a lot.
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Hmm, an agent saying his client is throwing 97 MPH heat and looks great.

    I dunno, he's probably worth a shot on a good team. That said, the Reds aren't on his radar. He'll be the relief version of Clemens, going to a title contender on a short contract bursting with cash.

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Anyone who can throw 97 mph needs to be looked at.
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Keep throwing enough stuff against the wall, and see what sticks. Best case scenario sign him for one year, he does really well trying to earn a contract, and he walks. The Reds get a draft pick from him if he qualifies for FA compensation. Worst case, well how is that any different then what we have now?
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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Where is Hermanson? Has anybody heard anything on him?

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    Re: Troy Percival possibly returning.

    Quote Originally Posted by BEETTLEBUG View Post
    Where is Hermanson? Has anybody heard anything on him?
    He's working out with a trainer right now and still remains a free agent. Philly had some interest in him and wanted him to sign a minor league deal, but he thought he could get a shot at a major league job from someone else, so he didn't sign, and then apparently Philly didn't want him shortly after. So, he's working out with a trainer now and waiting for a phone call. I don't think he's interested in joining the Reds after feeling they shafted him in Spring Training, but a MLB job is a MLB job, so who knows?
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