Reds sign Rick White Chad Dotson 02/01/2006 10 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. Share this:TweetPocket 10 Responses Chris 02/01/2006 Ugh. Tom 02/01/2006 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 Bill 02/01/2006 Tom, I like the way you think…but it’ll be some minor leaguer..my guess is a pitcher or Sardinha. Chris 02/01/2006 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? Bill 02/01/2006 Enquirer says they’ll make a move after he signs his contract and it’s approved by ML baseball and the MLBPA. al 02/01/2006 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. Tom 02/01/2006 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 EricTW 02/01/2006 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. Tom 02/02/2006 The Reds designated Bubba Nelson for assignment after signing White. Later, Tom Chris 02/02/2006 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.