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RotoWorld.com / SI.comThe Reds have reportedly pulled David Weathers off the market.
Weathers keeps defying expectations and is on his way to another very solid year. Still, there's no telling how much longer the 37-year-old is going to last, and if it'd bring in a quality young starter, the Reds shouldn't be afraid to move him. He's owed $3.1 million next year in the final season of his two-year contract.
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The front office must really think they are very close to contending. Otherwise that just doesn't make sense.The Reds have reportedly pulled David Weathers off the market.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
If the Reds can't move Weathers, Conine and Hatteberg for good High A and AA prospects, for a Reds farm system that is almost a waste land at Sarasota and Chat., lets just say Wayne needs to buy a bus ticket out of town. These are the type of players you have to move at the deadline.
It will be too hard to find a decent closer on the open market this winter that would be willing to sign for $5 million or under. Keeping Weathers gives the Reds one less thing to worry about this offseason. Then, with the money freed up from the deadweight that was Eric Milton, they can go after 1 or 2 starting pitchers (they would obviously have to up the payroll to to go after 2, but I think Castalini is willing to do it) and maybe a right-handed hitter who could play 1B and maybe even 3B. Someone like Morgan Ensberg comes to mind. I know he has been awful this year, and was terrible the second half of last year as well, but we might be able to get someone like him for a decent price and he was a 30+ HR guy just a couple years ago. Not saying it has to be Ensberg but someone like that. I would also like to see the Reds go after a RH OF this offseason.
So, by keeping Weathers -- even though it's a one-year fix -- would allow the Reds to concentrate on other areas they need to improve. If they deal him, they will have to sign a closer as a free agent or trade for one this winter. And I think teams who are desperate for a closer always end up overpaying for them. Furthermore, I would submit there won't be a surplus of even average closers available on the market.
Closers are made and not born.
Stuff-challanged relievers flame out quickly.
David Weathers is not an elite closer. If someone is willing to play 'closers' price for David Weathers, the Reds should listen. If we trade Weathers for the right return then we may solve our closer situation for the next 3-4 years (see Taylor, Billy).
As for Conine - I doubt any one is gonna give up aything for him since he has hinted he may retire at season's end.
But if you are going to take the direction that we need to rebuild, then you have two alternatives at your disposal.....
and acquiring them from other teams. And from teams that are in "need" come the trading deadline.
It's about making that "match" and getting it done.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
This just seems like Negotiation 101 here. There are several relievers on the market, some more valued than Weathers, and Krivsky may be tired of fielding offers based on the premise that Weathers can be had for a sack of baseballs. So he may be "taking him off the table" as a tactic to say "look, we don't have to trade him, bring a real offer or don't bother."
I say this with a degree of confidence because I haven't seen the rumored offers out there for Weathers, and there's usually some smoke around the players coveted by the buying GMs.
Not all who wander are lost
I understand the idea of keeping Weathers. Without him the bullpen completely is lost.
Some stuff to think about though:
1. He's never been elite and still really isn't.
2. He is signed reasonably for 2008, but the Reds don't have what it takes for 2008. The window of opportunity is 2009 and beyond when Weathers will be 39 years old and will be a free agent and IMO too old to sign long term. So, he isn't a building block.
3. Aging pitchers can lose it quickly.
4. He's been ridden hard with alot of 2 inning saves. Who knows what effect that may have on him.
I see more downside to keeping him than trading him. The major issue being that he won't be around when the team next has a chance and not having him next year isn't going to make a ton of difference anyway. I say get multiple players back and see if they can be assets in the future. In the mean-time, that $3.1 Million that won't be going to Weathers should be able to net a competent reliever (though maybe not closer material). Its highly likely that next year that is all Weathers will be anyway. I guess I'd rather have his replacement plus the stuff he brings in trade than simply Weathers alone. I really don't think 2008 is a time to compete. It might be if a number of great moves are made. I do know those moves will not be made by keeping status quo.
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