I think the Reds should trade almost any player for top end young pitching, but assuming no such offer, should they trade Weathers?
He is 37, has had a terrific year, currently has saved 20 of 24 with a 3.10 ERA. His last two seasons were not quite as good, but were very solid with WHIPs of 1.29 in both 2005 and 2006. He has taken well to late innings work and undeniably is the Reds best reliever.
Many would say, cash him in for more youthful players while he has value, and it's hard to disagree with that.
On the other hand, take Todd Jones, who is 39 years old. In 2005 and 2006 he saved, respectively, 40 and 37 games and this year, while most of his numbers are down this year, he does have 27 saves so far. Some relievers can pitch well into their forties.
A lot depends on your view of the Reds time horizon. Can they be competitive in 2008? In 2009? Beyond that, hard to project Weathers as a helper, but in 2008 and 09 can still see him being productive.
But even if there is no expectation of winning soon, it's hard to imagine this team without Weathers or a suitable replacement. Is it worth keeping Weathers just to be a reasonable ballclub while rebuilding?
Personally, I enjoy watching him pitch. Weathers is just unafraid of good hitters, comes right after them, and is great in pressure spots with men on base. After a little rest, he seems better than ever this last week.
Wonder what folks think.