I can’t say I’m surprised at this:
The Reds’ latest transaction certainly fell under the oft-used baseball mantra that you can never have enough pitching.
But how much pitching former All-Star Joe Mays can still provide a big-league team remains a mystery. Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky was willing to find out and signed Mays to a Minor League contract on Friday.
The 30-year-old Mays, who will report to Triple-A Louisville, had disastrous results this season for the Royals. He was 0-4 with a 10.27 ERA in six starts before being designated for assignment on May 8 and released on Tuesday.
Krivsky and Mays have a history together from their years with the Twins, with whom the sinkerball thrower pitched from 1999-2005. The attempted reclamation project offers the right-hander no assurance that he’ll pitch in the Majors for Cincinnati. But it could benefit Louisville, which has several struggling pitchers.
“I felt like it was worth a shot,” Krivsky said from Chattanooga, where he was watching the organization’s Double-A affiliate. “We’ll take him to Louisville and see if he can get going in a positive way. Hopefully, he can help us.”
An owner of a 48-69 record and 4.98 ERA lifetime, Mays’ only winning season was 2001 when he was 17-13 with a 3.16 ERA. It earned him an American League All-Star invite and a four-year, $20 million contract the following winter.
Harmless enough, I suppose. If he can become a league average pitcher, I’ll be surprised, but it’s worth a shot (as long as he’s really going to Louisville, and won’t be in Cincinnati sometime in the next couple of weeks).