Disappointing news:

To make room for three Reds September callups not on their 40-man roster Tuesday, reliever Todd Coffey was designated for assignment while pitchers Josh Fogg and Matt Belisle went on the 60-day disabled list. …

Coffey’s transaction capped a disappointing two years for the right-handed reliever. Following a promising 2006 when he led the Reds staff with 81 appearances and had a 3.82 ERA, he was signed to a $925,000 one-year contract extension for 2008.

Everything went wrong after that. Coffey, who turned 28 on Tuesday, posted a 5.82 ERA over 58 games in 2007. In 2008, he owned a 6.05 ERA in 17 big league games while opponents batted .321. He spent most of the year with Louisville, where he was 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 34 games.

The Reds have 10 days for Coffey to either clear waivers or be traded. If he clears, he can return to the organization.

Coffey — Yes sir, boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same — showed signs of brilliance early on in his Reds tenure, but after a short time as the de facto closer last year, he just fell off a cliff. I hate to see this happen to him — Coffey always seemed like a good guy — but he earned it. He just didn’t perform

10 Responses

  1. GRF

    Any idea what happened? Did he lose velocity, command problems? Really liked him a couple years back (when I got to see far more Reds games than I do now).

  2. Glenn

    I think Coffey’s problems were mostly contained between his ears. He has/had the talent. He just has never been able to maintain confidence in his stuff. Any bad outing just sends him around the bend mentally and he just never seems to be able to bounce back.

  3. Chris

    I agree. Essentially, he just threw the ball right down the pipe most of the time.

  4. Bill

    I’ve also been told that his fastball didn’t have much/any movement.

  5. Mark from CC

    I had the opportunity to spend a week with him on the Red’s Cruise last winter.

    Great kid, really worked out and had trimmed down. Said in ’07 his arm was fine but his pitch selection was screwed up. I got the idea talking to him that he really did not appreciate the work Tom Hume did with him in the bullpen the previous year and that he was looking forward to a working things out with new direction.

    It really did seem to be in his head.

  6. Glenn

    I’ve never met Coffey, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from people who have. Let’s hope a change of scenery, aka American League, will get him straightened out.
    I just hate seeing guys who didn’t work out in Cincy come back to haunt us.

  7. Y-City Jim

    He’ll be the league leader in saves next year for someone else who can screw his head on right.

  8. Kerm

    MLBTraderumors is reporting he was claimed by the Brewers.

  9. GRF

    Thanks everyone for all the info. Just seeing the occasional game on tv and following along on the computer is not not the same.