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Bullpen…?

Posted by Charlie Hustle on May 10, 2007

Only 2 members of the Cincinnati Reds bullpen remain on the active roster from the 2006 Opening Day roster: Todd Coffey and David Weathers.

When Wayne Krivsky became the Reds GM last year on February 8th, 2006, his main objective was clear – to improve the bullpen. So here’s a run-down of the some of the results…

Feb. ’06 – Acquire RP Rick White.

May ’06 – Reds trade minor league pitcher for RP Esteban Yan.

July ’06 – Designate Rick White for assignment. ERA – 6.26

July ’06 – Trade P Justin Germano for RP Rheal Cormier.

-Cormier was 39 years old and made a salary of over $2.3 mil/yr. He was released today. Meanwhile, Germano started for San Diego yesterday, pitching 6 innings and giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Germano is 24 years old.

July ’06 – Reds release RP Esteban Yan

July ’06 – Reds trade:

OF Austin Kearns – Reds’ farm product who was scheduled to be our RF for years to come. Still only 27 years old.

SS Felipe Lopez – All-star in 2005.

RP Ryan Wagner – Reds No. 1 Draft pick in 2003.

FOR

RPs Gary Majewski and Bill Bray and SS Royce Clayton (36 years old at the time)

Jerry Narron after the deal… “Just the depth of it is tremendous… We have guys that we feel like will keep the game close if we’re behind and have a good chance of holding the lead if we’re ahead.”

July ’06 – Reds trade minor league pitcher for RP Eddie Guardado (36 years old, contract over $6 million)

August ’06 – Eddie Guardado and Gary Majewski placed on DL

August ’06 – Acquire RP Ryan Franklin. With Reds, ERA – 4.44 WHIP – 1.767

September ’06 – Reds finish 3.5 games behind eventual WS Champion St. Louis Cardinals

November ’06 – Reds sign 39-yr old Mike Stanton to a 2 yr, $5.5 mil contract. Mike Stanton’s current 2007 ERA: 8.10

March ’07 – Option RP Gary Majewski to AAA Louisville

March ’07 – Reds give Todd Coffey 1-yr extension. Current 2007 ERA: 5.71

April ’07 – Reds place RP Bill Bray and RP Eddie Guardado on DL

2007 BULLPEN RESULTS IN NL (16 teams):

ERA: 15th

SAVES: 16th

HR ALLOWED: T-15th

Ks: 14th

W – L: 4-8

I understand that Krivsky came from a team in the Twins which has thrived as a small-market team, making numerous sharp moves and drafting well. Unfortunately for Reds fans, this doesn’t necessarily correlate for us. Of course, most fans are patient with new management and expect results down the road. However, if you look at most of these deals, many of these pitchers are aging and either get injured or are released soon after. The proof is in the pudding…

Wayne Krivsky Sucks.

— Charlie Hustle*

*Day-to-Day (Broken Arm)

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