AAA signing Bill Lack 07/09/2009 20 Here he is… What do you think? Share this:TweetPocket 20 Responses Dave 07/09/2009 If it is anything more than roster filler, then it is a huge waste of money. indydoug 07/09/2009 last 2 full years he played he was the league leader,…. in losses! 😀 Sultan of Swaff 07/09/2009 Methinks Walt could be laying the groundwork for a trade. If he moves Arroyo or Harang to get a bat and make room for Homer, Wells could be rotation insurance. GregD 07/09/2009 Why would they need rotation insurance with Ramirez, Lecure and Lehr pitching so well? I saw that link on Lance’s site the other day. This is just organizational roster filler, IMO. Jocketty acquired him his last year in St Loius (2007). Next up, Mark Mulder? Andy 07/09/2009 I agree with Sultan, but I don’t think he is MLB rotation insurance, he is AAA rotation insurance. I think he is there to eat some innings. Glenn 07/09/2009 Could be a prelude to a trade. Dan 07/09/2009 I don’t think signing an over-30 castoff (or trading Norris Hopper, or any really small-time stuff like that) is a prelude to anything. I think they just need to balance out the organizational depth somewhere. Mark in CC 07/09/2009 1. I think it means they need a permanent replacement for Homer in Louisville. Which is a good thing for Homer. 2.They have added veteran depth in case of a trade or another injury, as they learned from Homer it is better not to rush the young guys. 3. Maybe if Wells proves he can compete well he can become a marketable commodity in August. brublejr 07/09/2009 I think it is insurance with Volquez out, Cueto’s back hurting, and Arroyo’s injury/suckiness. I don’t think they feel that anyone else is ready to move up (either to ML or AAA). If someone else goes out that moves Maloney to the Reds and I don’t feel like they want to move anyone else up from Carolina and Thompson is on the DL. I don’t think this is a sign for an upcoming trade, just to build insurance at the AAA level. (I HOPE) The Godfather 07/09/2009 Possible bullpen replacement for David W*******? preach 07/09/2009 I can’t get the link at work, so I spent most of the morning believing it was DAVID Wells. Kip Wells=Josh Fogg. In an emergency, he could fill in and give you a decent outing every other or every third start. Unfortunately, you don’t know which number he is at when he takes the mound. preach 07/09/2009 Last year Wells (Kip, not Boomer)was pretty promising as a long relief guy until blod clots derailed him. If I remember correctly, he was doing very well until that point with the Rockies (?). blood clots aren’t exactly the same thing as elbow problems, maybe he can show some value in that area again. I think he has had a history of clotting problems though. Back to college, maybe. Steve Price 07/09/2009 They need starting pitchers in Louisville. That’s why they signed him. Rick Sweet had told me that he needed another starter before the Reds called up Maloney a few weeks ago (since sent Maloney back down and called up Bailey). They had decided to groom Jukich for the bullpen and he’s been back in the rotation since they were short. (my son spent the morning at a Little League mini-camp with the Bats and Sweet came around and talked to all of us and gave us pointers) Travis G. 07/09/2009 I think it is insurance with Volquez out, CuetoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back hurting, and ArroyoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injury/suckiness. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think they feel that anyone else is ready to move up (either to ML or AAA). If someone else goes out that moves Maloney to the Reds and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel like they want to move anyone else up from Carolina and Thompson is on the DL. I think we have a winner. But, in the event of an injury apocalypse, it’s better to throw an experienced guy like Wells to the wolves than rush an actual prospect before he’s ready. Good signing. Matt Steele 07/09/2009 Kip Wells is nothing more than a AAA pitcher at this point, so if he stays down there and helps the bats win, then that’s great Also this might be for another thread… but did anyone catch Keith Law’s chat today? Walt (Cincinnati) Cueto, Alonso, Stubbs 2 for Halladay. Let’s get it done. Keith Law (1:37 PM) At least there, you’re including a quality major-leaguer making the minimum, plus a guy in Stubbs who is major-league ready. It’s the right idea. nick (chicago) Keith, ive heard 1 million times the Phillies are in the best shape to get Doc, and The Red Sox and Yanks are potential suitors. CAn you give me some sleepers who could possibly make the move to get him? Keith Law (2:08 PM) I love the whole “the Phillies are the front-runners!” meme. This isn’t a race. Texas certainly has young talent in spades. The Giants have always liked Halladay – they could have had him in early ’03 – and they have the players, although I wouldn’t call the rotation an area of need for them. Again, Rios would be a fit – they want someone who can actually play center out there, and Rios was a good CF in the minors). Someone mentioned the Reds … what if they decided to offer Bruce and Cueto as a starting point? Just to be clear, these are not rumors, this is my own speculation. I don’t want MLBTraderumors running a “Keith Law’s Halladay Rumors” post later today. Travis G. 07/09/2009 If the cost were Cueto and Bruce, the Reds wouldn’t and shouldn’t do it, but they are one of the few teams who have the talent to pull this off. The Phillies or Brewers seem Halladay’s most likely destination, but Texas could do it if they can somehow resolve their money issues. (Aren’t the Rangers borrowing money from MLB right now, while they await sale?) The Cubs and Cardinals don’t have enough pieces to do it, thank goodness, nor do the Mets or Angels, but I think the Rays are an interesting sleeper. They certainly have the prospects. Of course, none of this matters if any of these teams are on Halladay’s no-trade list. GregD 07/09/2009 Why would the Reds trade Cueto+ for Halladay? If we’re going to live in a dream world where the Reds acquire pitching, wouldn’t we dream that he takes a spot of someone like Bronson Arroyo? Matt WI 07/09/2009 Trade those guys so we can still lose 2-0? No thanks. CarolinaReds 07/09/2009 Nobody ready to move to AAA? Take a look at Travis Wood at Carolina…and they recently moved Zach Stewart up without the experience Wood has Matt Steele 07/09/2009 I would trade Cueto Alonso and Stubbs for 1.5 years of Halladay at a reasonable price absolutely. I don’t think I’d give up Cueto and Bruce though, but I’d be willing to pay a somewhat steep price for Halladay.