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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Transaction: Cormier clears

From the Reds: "LHP Rheal Cormier cleared waivers and was released...he posted a 9.00era in 6 apps for the Reds before he was designated for assignment on 4/28."

Ouch. That's a $2.5 million mistake -- his salary for the rest of this year and next year's buyout. That's why, if I'm running the Reds, I try to fix things in the bullpen from within.


at 2:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, at least you would try to fix things,which is more than I can say for ownership

at 2:49 PM Anonymous Matt R said...

Until the Reds relievers, who are now whining about the criticism, voluntarily move to a commission basis of pay this whole situation is a recipe for division: fans and team, players then leadership. They should be called to be men and only take pay when they perform like the majority of the world. The fan base of the Reds has to regard this as the year Mikle Stanton set an appearance record on the back of a city (talk about the need for a footnote). Leadership past and present holds plenty of responsibility but my goodness, these guys are thieves.

at 3:05 PM Blogger RedZeppelin said...

I agree with what Marty said the other night: You have to at least look like you're trying to do something different. Doing the same thing night after night is unacceptable at this point. Even if you bring up an arm who is as good or slightly lesser than someone currently in the bullpen, you at least show the team and the fans that you give a damn and want do fix things.

at 3:11 PM Blogger Kenworld said...

The problem is doing something, anything, cost money. The guys they could easily send down aren't doing too bad, and the ones they should send down have contracts that aren't permitable.

at 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do all the Krivsky-Lovers have to say about this one? Can he still do no wrong? Eating $2.5 million no big deal to a small market team?

at 4:02 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Man, I'm so tired of hearing the money excuse. You either have the money to put forth a major league team or you don't. You either have the money to sign and then cut Rheal Cormier or you don't. If you sign a 40 year old reliever for 2 years, you have to consider that he won't make it through the duration of the contract, and that should factor into the expenditure. "Can I afford to cut this guy if he flops?" If the answer is no, then this team has no business signing 40 year old relievers for millions of dollars when there's plenty of cheaper, younger talent (Coutlangus, Salmon). You either understand the potential in your minor league system or you don't. Bottom line: If you can't cough up the money to field a major league team, then get out of the business and quit wasting our time.

at 4:36 PM Blogger Pat said...

I love how most of the posters here are sneaking around on the internet and not working while complaining about baseball players not doing their job.

the reds relievers have to do their jobs against the best hitters in the world. Very few people can do their jobs and we complain that the solution is to bring up someone from a lesser league just because they have great stats.

Well, I hit over 500 in my softball league, so why not give me a shot. stats don't lie, do they?

People, time to wake up and realize that this isn't a quick fix problem. If it was, you know Krivsky would have made a move by now.

at 5:07 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

No, $2.5 million is not a big deal. It's still less than the average MLB salary and really not that much in the grand total of today's payrolls, market size be damned.

But then, you're probably among those yelling for the Reds to dump Milton and eat more than $10 million in salary, which a complete contradiction of your argument of Krivsky, who has done such a horrible and pathetic job of rebuilding the organization in, wha, 14 months?

Yeah, he really sucks gas.

at 5:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suggestion -- Approach the Astros on subsidizing the bullpen's salaries since the bullpen is throwing battting practice for them and are singlehandedly keeping the Astros in the division race. I am sure McClane as well as the other owners would be glad to chip in to keep them around.

at 5:38 PM Anonymous RickNMd said...

I'd like to add that any, if not all, moves Krivsky has made likely had the approval of ownership. So if it's ok with Bob Castellini to burn $2.5M then it's really a non-issue for us fans.

at 5:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krivsky is the best! Isn't it clear he has this organization on the right track? Last place and 9.5 out. Exactly where we want to be in early May. Wayne can do no wrong!

at 5:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe 2.5 million is no big deal.....but if that's the case, it would be nice to use that money to pick up a player later in the year as opposed to just burning it on a bad judgement of talent. Obviously, that can't always happen.

But I have a feeling that this 2.5 million will be accounted for on the books later on. Say we can pick up a relief pitcher at the break....but would owe him $4 million the rest of the year....perhaps, before we could do that and now we can't. Or Castellini will now be less willing to take a chance on a pitcher that may not work out b/c of his financial obligations to this one that didn't work out.

This is not a huge deal by any means. But there are still ramifications to every move.

at 9:52 PM Blogger RickNMd said...

Hypotheticals. All hypotehticals. There's been nothing in castrellini's ownership thus far that says he's cheap and last year's flurry of moves in Aug. and Sept. says he'll take the chances necessary to win.

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