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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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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Williamson: Worth a flyer?

The Baltimore Orioles designated Scott Williamson for assignment. Given the state of the Reds bullpen, he might be worth a flyer. He was 1-0 with 4.40 ERA in 16 games. He's battled injuries. But his numbers -- 16 strikeouts, 12 hits in 14 1/3 innings -- tell you his stuff is still there. His walks (eight) were a little high.

I think he still lives in Indiana. And he's still only 31.


at 8:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John - Who has to pay his $900,000 salary?

at 8:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bullpen of Bray, McBeth, Coutlangus, Williamson, Coffey, Salmon, and Gosling might not be all that bad. I'd trade Weathers and Stanton. I think McBeth, Coutlangus, Bray, and Salmon will be very good pitchers after they get some experience. Bray will be lights out.

at 9:02 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Reds would have to pay him prorated minimum. The O's would pay the Reds.

at 9:19 PM Blogger Scott in NC said...

Williamson's stats would immediately make him the second best relief pitcher on the staff. Bring him on - Stormy needs the help.

at 9:26 PM Blogger Brad said...

I'd take him over Ricky Stone. I say do it.

John, is it me, or does it seem like it is always a quick 1-2-3 inning when you are on with Marty?

at 9:40 PM Blogger Don said...

Hard to believe Williamson is just 31. Wow.

In my mind all decisions right now should be made with next year in mind. I don't know if it does a lot of good to bring in a guy like Williamson, a guy some might consider a re-tread, if the Reds have no plans to use him beyond this year.

Ironically, in 2003 Williamson was traded from the Reds to the Red Sox for one Phil Dumatrait.

at 9:41 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Is this an attempt at humor or to stir up the masses?

Look closely. Williamson got released because he's never available. He's hurt all . . . the . . . time.


at 9:48 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

In a heartbeat. Willie easily replaces Stone.

Can Krivsky afford NOT to take a flyer on him?

at 9:54 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I do have my share of 1-2-3 innings. But I don't think the 4-pitch inning Hal had in Oakland or Seattle will ever be topped.

On Williamson, injuries are definitely a factor with him. He'd come cheap. And, yes, I was attempting to stir up the masses a bit.

at 10:19 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

His most recent injury was getting hit by a comebacker.

The Reds rarely meet a scrapheap pitcher they don't like.

at 10:46 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

I thought you were up to nefarious deeds,

Just what would the Reds do with this deer-in-the-headlights retread?

They already have bullpen roster issues ahead for Guardado, Bray, Burton and possibly Majewski. So if you're a last-place team and trying to find some foundation for next year, you don't bring in Fred Sanford's salvage.

You go with the kids and see what they have--or don't have--and go from there.

at 11:09 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Wonder what he is hitting on the radar gun?

at 11:17 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

Tonight Burton got to Toledo quickly and threw 2 shutout innings. Majewski gave up 4 runs in 1 inning.
What has happened to Majewski if his arm is OK?

at 11:49 PM Blogger robby said...

Majewski was hurt when the Reds acquired him. Anyone who watched him pitch in 2005 and then saw him pitch in 2006 knew he wasn't right last year. (except the Reds' scouts who convinced Krivsky to acquire him)

Majewski will never make a meanignful contribution for the Reds.

at 12:07 AM Blogger robby said...

Majewski was hurt when the Reds acquired him. Anyone who watched him pitch in 2005 and then watched him pitch in 2006 knew he was hurt. (except the Reds' front office) His velocity was down before the Reds acquired him and his slider had no bite to it. His velocity seemed to back when I saw him ptich earlier this year but he had no location with his pitches which may just be a lack of confidence, but I doubt he will ever make a meaningful contribution to the Reds

at 12:11 AM Blogger robby said...

No need for Williamson. The Reds when they traded him away said he would always have injury problems because of the way he throws. Not worth the effort, the risk or the money.

at 9:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Redlegs,

Agree. If you don't see this guy being a solid contributor for at least two years then don't waste everybody's time.

at 10:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say the Reds would face fierce competition from the Nationals trying to sign Scott. You know how fond Bowden is of signing his old players.

at 10:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My blood pressure has only just recovered from Williamson's last stint on the roster ...

at 10:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So taking a chance on Williamson, and accepting he will be injured off and on - it is worth it!!! His injury proneness will fit right in with Guardado, Bray, Majewski, etc...It would be nice to see a live arm back in the bullpen.

at 10:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather take a flyer on Hector Carrasco, who was recently released by Anaheim.

at 11:42 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

I still blame Williamson for not winning the pennant in '99, that gutless muck. Coughed up leads to the Pirates, Padres and Expos in the final couple of weeks.

Always a wild pitch. Always behind the count. Always an untimely homer allowed. What's changed? He's allowed about one-third of inherited runners to score in his career. Four teams in four years. Always some ailment.


at 12:17 PM Blogger Jeff Gentil said...

It would be nice to develop our own pitchers instead of taking chances on retreads like Carrasco and Williamson, who by they way, was a wreck here. Great arm, two cent head. I see some of the same in Homer Bailey in the fact that they both sometimes refuse to throw strikes when they clearly have the "stuff" to get batters out. Instead they try to trick them by nibbling.

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