Everyone needs more pitching, no question. I’m not sure how the Reds are going to score any runs next year, but I’m not necessarily averse to seeking more pitching. And neither is GM Walt Jocketty. First, there’s news that he has made a contract offer to Arthur Rhodes. Then, we see this:
Kerry Wood answered the call from the bullpen last season for the Cubs, reinventing himself as a capable closer with 34 saves.
Will he pick up the phone when Dusty Baker from division foe Cincinnati calls him?
The Cubs decided to pass on offering Wood a multiyear deal to retain his services, so Baker says he plans to give Wood a call to check on his possible interest in signing with Cincinnati.
“We have a closer already in [ Francisco] Cordero, who we have under contract for a few more years,” Baker said Monday. “But somebody can use Kerry Wood. I am going to call him. I like Kerry Wood as a person, not just as a ballplayer, but as a person. I will give him a call and see what’s up.”
Of course, Dusty hasn’t discussed this with the general manager. In the article linked above, Dusty says he’s going to talk to Jocketty about it, but he had “to talk to Kerry first.” Seriously.
As one of our faithful correspondents put it in his email this morning: “I oftentimes lay in bed and wonder, ‘Why doesn’t Dusty have a GM job, dude?'”
UPDATE: The Reds have offered arbitration to RP David Weathers. I’d throw up, but I’m pretty sure Weathers will decline arbitration.