It appears that the Reds have signed reliever Rick White.

I don’t have a problem with this signing, but I don’t believe it gets us closer to the World Series, either.

10 Responses

  1. Tom

    The biggest question is, what will the associated roster move be? He is getting a major league contract, so someone else will have to be removed from the 40 man roster. Maybe this is where Kullman can make his mark and designate Womack for assignment. Yeah, I know, wishful thinking. 🙂

    Later,
    Tom

  2. Bill

    Tom, I like the way you think…but it’ll be some minor leaguer..my guess is a pitcher or Sardinha.

  3. Chris

    Haha. I’m not sure they had to make a move, since they didn’t announce one and White’s already listed on the website. But if so: Bye-bye Bubba Nelson?

  4. Bill

    Enquirer says they’ll make a move after he signs his contract and it’s approved by ML baseball and the MLBPA.

  5. al

    so hammond, white, merker, and weathers are all in on their veteran reputations, for better or worse. We’re not paying much for that foursome compared to the cash doled out to other relievers this year, hopefully they can be some sort of “bargain.”

    That leaves 3 spots for a lot of guys to fight over. Who’s got the inside track. If simpson looks good in ST i hope they give him a shot because having even one power arm like that can change the complexion of the whole pen. Shakelford did everythign he could last year to assure himself of a spot, and wagner and coffey are the two guys they’ve talked about as future closers. Those are the four guys i’d put in the lead, but there’s also hancock and hudson to think about, both looked good in the pen at the end of last year.

  6. Tom

    In my opinion, if everyone is healthy, someone would have to be a real big surprise to unseat one of the following 12 pitchers:

    Harang
    Williams
    Claussen
    Milton
    Wilson

    Weathers
    Mercker
    Coffey
    Hammond
    Wagner
    White
    Belisle

    If Wilson is not ready to go, look for one of the following to win his spot:

    Belisle
    Hudson
    Hancock
    Germano
    Ramirez

    If Belisle is the 5th SP then look for one of the following to fill the last spot in the bullpen:

    Burns
    Hudson
    Hancock
    Shackelford
    Simpson
    Standridge
    Journell
    Bong
    Kozlowski
    Phelps
    Robbins

    I really don’t see a whole lot of competition for spots right now unless Wilson isn’t ready, someone else gets hurt, or one of those guys flop big time.

    Later,
    Tom

  7. EricTW

    I like the White signing. It will give the Reds a good mix of veterans and younger guys in the pen, and outside of 2003 and 2004, White has been a pretty solid reliever.

    I look for Coffey, Wagner, and Belisle to make the pen out of ST.

  8. Chris

    I wouldn’t call having 4 relievers over the age of 36 “a good mix” of young and old. How about somebody – anybody who’s actually in his prime?

    I agree with Tom’s projections 100%. Though I will add that I can’t remember a spring where some pitcher or other didn’t get hurt.