I was wrong when I posted that it would cost the Reds $2.5 million to designate Mike Stanton for assignment. He's owed $3 million next year, with an option for '09 with a $500,000 buyout.
He's given up seven runs over one ininng in his last two outings. He ERA since coming off the DL on July 2 is 8.15.
With him and Eddie Guardado in the bullpen, Pete Mackanin is in a tough spot any time the starter doesn't pitch into the seventh.