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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, February 7, 2008

Options list

Here's some very important information when it comes to determining the 25-man roster:

The following players are out of options -- Bronson Arroyo, Juan Castro, Francisco Cordero, Ryan Freel, Scott Hatteberg, Jeff Keppinger, Brandon Phillips, Javier Valentin and David Weathers.

That means any of the young relievers -- Todd Coffey, Gary Majewski, Bill Bray -- could start the year in Triple-A. Veterans like Mike Stanton can refuse a minor assignments. But the Reds have a lot of flexibility.


at 6:00 PM Anonymous Mike said...

John, did you mean Javier Valentin?

at 6:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Veterans like Mike Stanton can refuse a minor assignments?

at 6:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coffey and Majewski deserve to start the season in the minors and stay there! Same with Stanton.

This team needs to stop locking themselves into contracts where they can't release a player who stinks.

Now, can we get Blanton? Griffey would look great in Green and Yellow.

at 6:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Castro going to make the team?

Can we PLEASE get rid of Stanton?

Coutlangus >>>>>> Stanton.

at 7:15 PM Blogger Kyle said...

How do options work out for Jared Burton because of him being a rule V pick? Not that he would need it, i was just curious.

Do you think the flexibility of the young relievers makes it likely that Valenzuela finds his way on the 25 man roster?

at 7:51 PM Anonymous redfuture said...

When was the last time the Reds had so many guys who can throw 95+ mph in camp. By my count there are 11 pitchers who can make or break that barrier: Cordero, Bailey, Volquez, Cueto, Belisle, Affeldt, Valenzuela, Roenike, Coffey, Salmon, Pelland. Three more I have seen consistently hit 94 are Harang, Burton and Bray. It should be a very interesting ST.

at 8:26 PM Blogger Kyle said...

I have always thought that velocity was a little overrated, but there are some power arms in camp. Josh Roenicke probably has the best pure velocity in camp. In all fairness, Harang would be breaking 95 consistently if he pitched out of the bullpen. I think starting and trying to be efficient, harang throws 3 or 4 mph below his peak.

at 8:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget Belisle. If he pitches like last year, he'll need options. I don't buy that the Reds really view him as their #3 starter. Kinda like Kriv names the center field candidates in the order of Hopper, Freel, Dickerson, then Bruce. He's just putting Dickerson ahead of Bruce because of seniority and not wanting to simply hand jobs to youngsters.

Is Belisle really going to beat out both Bailey and Volquez, plus Affeld in spring training? Even if he does, how long can he struggle in the rotation while Cueto stays at AAA? I see Belisle ultimately competing with Coffey and Majewski for a spot in the bullpen.

I don't mean to bash Belisle because I try to stay positive. So I hope he proves me wrong and pitches great, but I don't see how his spot is that safe.

at 8:36 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Burton is like any other player now. He can be optioned. I'll be stunned if Valenzuela makes it, unless he comes to camp throwing 97.

at 11:17 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Majewski will be 28 in three weeks, and Coffey is 27. Not sure they're "young relievers" anymore.

Bigger point: If Juan Castro or Mike Stanton keeps a legitimately useful player off this roster, it will be a real shame.

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