Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati Reds’

Melvin Looking for Hall Suitors

I didn’t think it was possible, but apparently there are teams interested in acquiring Bill Hall.  Rumors have been circulating about the Reds possibly being interested ever since Hall was designated for assignment.  According to Adam McCalvy, there may be something to those rumors.

In his latest blog entry, McCalvy reports that Doug Melvin is “working on something” in regards to Hall.  As the reporter notes, the Brewers don’t have to make a decision on Hall until Friday, but it appears Melvin may find a taker before the end of the work week.

Melvin declined to comment on trade talks, as usual, but Cincinnati would be the most obvious trade partner.  Hall has always hit well at Great American Ballpark (and against the Reds in general) and he wouldn’t have to adjust to any new opposing pitchers.  The Reds could use a guy who can play anywhere in the infield, considering Scott Rolen requires regular rest to stay healthy and they just traded Alex Gonzalez to Boston.  The Reds also have something the Brewers desperately need — starting pitching.  There have been rumors that the Reds are peddling Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang — two pitchers who are outrageously overpaid, just like Hall. 

If anything, it makes sense in terms of filling needs and swapping overpaid talent.  Harang is scheduled to make $12.5 million next season, with a 2011 option for $12.75 million that can be bought out for $2 million.  Arroyo, meanwhile, is owed $11 million next year with another $11 million tied into a 2011 option. 

We’ll see what happens, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d probably go with Harang.  He’s shown to at least be a fairly above-average pitcher when healthy, but has been run into the ground by Cincinnati’s various managers the past few years.  In the off chance that he’ll enter next season fully rested and not being counted on to carry a pitching staff, he’ll provide a lot more to the team than Arroyo, who’s been extremely average his entire career.  Adding Arroyo would be no different than bringing back Braden Looper next year or signing a Doug Davis type. 


Brewers Acquire Weathers

As announced during the Brewers’ 2-0 loss in Houston yesterday, the Brewers have acquired another former pitcher, getting Cincinnati’s David Weathers for a player to be named later.  Weathers has been surprisingly good for the Reds this season and could fill that crucial 7th inning spot Ken Macha has been looking to fill in order to get more leads to Todd Coffey and Trevor Hoffman.  To this point, Weathers has compiled a 3-3 record and 3.32 ERA setting up Francisco Cordero, with a WHIP of just 1.16. 

As some Brewers fans may remember, Weathers used to pitch for the Brewers in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and was a fairly solid reliever then, too.  That was over 10 years ago, however, and you have to wonder if the Brewers may have given up too much for a guy who may only be on the team for a couple months while the team is starting to fall out of contention.  Perhaps it’s one of those deals where the player the Reds get in return depends on how well the team does at the end of the year.  In either case, it doesn’t seem like the price will be too high.

It’s not necessarily a rental, either, as Weathers has a team option for 2010.  The only issue is that it appears Weathers’ 2010 option would cost the team close to $4 million, and considering the team is already saddled with the bad contracts of Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan for next season, that might be too much to pay for a 40-year old middle reliever (especially if the Brewers are going to set out to improve the starting pitching and catching situations).

As Brew Crew Ball points out, Weathers will be the 21st pitcher to throw a pitch for the Brewers once he appears in a game, presumably sometime in the next few days.  Hopefully the additions of Jesus Colome and Weathers will go a long way towards not having to see the likes of Chris Smith pitch meaningful innings anymore.

Recap: Brewers 9, Reds 6

Win Expectancy Graph

Seth McClung made things a bit too interesting by giving up a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion, but it was an otherwise easy win for the Brewers Thursday night in Cincinnati.

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Game 89: Brewers at Reds

July 16, 2009 3 comments

The Brewers start the second half tonight with a the first game of a 7-game road trip through Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.  It’ll be Braden Looper starting for the Crew, facing off against 23-year old righty Homer Bailey, who’s making his fifth start of the season.

The Brewers lead the season series, 5-3, thanks to a sweep of the Redlegs the last time they met.  The Brewers also tied the all-time series between the two teams at 93 games apiece — with a win, the Brewers can actually improve to a winning record all-time against the Reds.

Unfortunately, it looks like Ken Macha is trying to out-Dusty Dusty Baker by continuing to hit Jason Kendall in the leadoff spot.  Tonight’s lineups after the jump.

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