John Fay’s Reds Insider
Fay discusses the Reds chances of going after Jeff Weaver:
Or, in general manager Dan O’Brien-speak: “At this time, I have to say that scenario is unlikely.”
Fay also says:
The Reds made runs at Matt Morris, Dan Kolb and Brett Tomko.
I hadn’t heard anything about Kolb or Tomko being approached by the Reds. Kolb is a reliever, which while needed, isn’t nearly the priority that a good starter is. Tomko isn’t the front of the rotation guy this team needs, he’s more along the lines of what they already have.
Concerning the difficulty in signing pitching, O’Brien says:
“(Money) most definitely isn’t always the leading factor,” O’Brien said. “It’s different with each player. They may want to go where they had previous success. Teammates are a factor. Geography is a factor.”
Morris wanted to work with San Francisco catcher Mike Matheny. Kolb wanted to go back to Milwaukee and work with pitching coach Mike Maddux. Tomko, a California resident, signed with Los Angeles.
“I’d be less than candid if I didn’t say geography was a factor in Chris Hammond signing with us,” O’Brien said.
I think it’s becoming increasingly apparent that, at least for 2006, what you see in terms of starting pitching, is what you’re going to get.