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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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Friday, February 1, 2008

Reds sign Sauerbeck, Bako

The Reds have signed lefty Scott Sauerbeck and catcher Paul Bako to a minor league deals with invites to big league camp.

And Steamboat has 15 inches of light powder.


at 4:27 PM Anonymous Z in Oxford said...

I think this is a great pickup. A local kid (Northwest High, Miami University) and another left-handed specialist to escort Mike Stanton out the door!!

at 4:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

was Scott Sauerbeck not available?

at 5:21 PM Anonymous redfuture said...

I'm the ultimate optimistic fan, but if Sauerbeck is able to make a contribution to this team next year they are in for a very tough year. He hasn't been the same the last 2-3 years since his injury. Minor league numbers for Astros AAA team were awful and they released him on 6/19/07.

at 5:39 PM Blogger Jaybee said...

Also C Paul Bako, as per Cincinnati Reds.com - same deal - minor league contract with a ML Camp invite.

at 6:26 PM Anonymous PresidentJohnAllenJr. said...

The Reds signed Sauerbrck and Paul Bako to minor league contracts today.

at 6:43 PM Anonymous BigRedMachine said...

Great. Every little bit of depth the Reds can add will be helpful. Also I know his third cousin. There's a connection. I hope he's still got what it takes to be a contributor in the bullpen. Well, he really can't be any worse than Stanton, Coffey, Majewsky, etc, anyway.

at 7:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, is there a chance the Reds will release Stanton if he doesn't produce in Sarasota? Will they eat that contract?


at 8:51 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I don't think they'll do based on ST. But they've got a lot arms in the mix.

at 9:24 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

More scrap heap out of the waiver junk yard,Not Impressed!! I'm still looking for that FA signing or solid trade for a strong left handed pitcher that's proven in the MLB as a winner,a leader, and a Kout/groundball pitcher.(I can dream can't I)

Ok, There's not alot out there on the wire & WK,BC,WJ are working with the resources avilable.Give the guys a chance,YOU never know where you might find that next diamond in the ruff.Still a little disapointed about the Bedard deal,to much to give up,I understand why management did'nt pull the trigger

Looking forward to this season,hoping the rotation isn't just all right handers & a mediocore left hander.A solid rotation should always be stacked with a stud left hander.N.L is in for their miseries this season w/ Santana in a mets uni.

John I live in Colorado,Great Snow this week.I was up at Keystone yesterday,Awesome powder!!! Steamboat is awesome,Hope your enjoying yourself.Go to strawberry park hot springs if you get the chance,your muscles & body will thank you.One of the last great places left on earth.

at 9:26 PM OpenID jroche11 said...

Ahhh, fresh powder. What are you doing on the pc? I'm envious - learned to ski there last year and yearning to go back.

at 10:05 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

The glorious return of Paul Bako to the Redlegs. Who's sentimental over the former catcher of the future?

at 11:54 PM Anonymous CHEVIOT SPORTS AUTHORITY said...

Stanton will last about as long as Cormier did last season. Wrecker Wayne will keep him around as long as he possibly can but he is just another nail in the K-man's coffin.

at 9:41 AM Anonymous redsfanwoody said...

These seem like minor moves that really won't effect the club too much.

I suppose with Sauerbaeck,with hometown connections you'd might take interest rooting for him,but then again he kind of blasted the new stadium when he was with Pittsburgh.

All I know is I am ready for spring training to begin so we all can see how the off-season moves start to shake out.

at 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheviot: You have it right and that is why Walt J. was hired!!Cluless Was incompetent Besides being an arrogant jerk & a PR liability!!He is now a team spokesman--because noone else will hire him.He IS TOAST...Thank YOU BOB C.we will now get better!!!WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY

at 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cincy, appreciate what good Krisky has done for the team. the bright future the Reds have is built on O'Brien and Krisky's deals. No one bats 100% in the deals but Krisky has done as good as anyone GM could with what he was given.

John, get back to skiing! :)


at 12:37 PM Anonymous redfuture said...

Wow, get a load of Sauerbeck's picture on this site! He sticks his tongue way out when he pitches a-la MJ when he dunks. I think the comparisons can end there. I want a pitcher who focuses on foot placement, stride, leg lift, arm slot and follow through as opposed to his tongue and whether to bite it off or not!

at 1:11 PM Anonymous Kramer1 said...

Two guys who won't make the team. Yippee. Why do they make moves just to make them? Does Krivsky have a quota he has to meet? Quit wasting our time with this garbage.

at 1:48 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

No comment on this post ..enjoy the break

thanks for your interest

at 2:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Reds are interested in a low-risk acquistion, they would be wise to pick up LH pitcher Sean Burnett immediately. The Pirates just designated him for assignment and Burnett can be claimed off waivers.

True, Burnett has had recent arm problems. But after having surgery he pitched almost the entire season last year and is primed for a real comeback.

Burnett is likely a no-name to most, but a lot of us will recall Burnett as a kid who had nasty stuff when called up to the Bucs a few years ago.

I hope WK has the sense to go out and get the guy. We could use him.

at 6:22 PM Anonymous redfuture said...

Anon 2:48. Sean Burnett is a no-go. You probably had the same vague recollection that I did about people scrambling to pick him up in fantasy league in 2004. That was because he came up and won 5 consecutive games from 6/29/04 to 7/25/04 with the middle one a complete game shutout. The last of those 5 was a win against the Reds. He has never won a MLB game since. You must remember that the Bucs kept Dumatrait over him. That tells you all you need to know!

at 7:06 PM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...


I was at the Winter Caravan and asked one of the staff about a long term contract for Phillips and he said that if Phillips was wanting 12-14 million a year there is a good chance the Reds wont sign him. Is their any truth to this?

at 7:11 PM Blogger 24/7 said...

burnett had a 1.02 whip in 25 innings in venezuela. as good as he was healthy, it makes things simple. if he's close to healthy, sign him. we signed affeldt and his 5+ starting era and told him he could start.

dumatrait WAS nauseating but the pirates are the pirates...remember they dfa'd burnett, a first-rounder, for our ol buddy ray olmedo.

at 7:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tongue sticking out is actually a move to help stabilize the upper torso. One of those wind velocity issues that pitchers face.
If more pitchers stuck their tongues out as they pitched, you would see more K's, shutouts, etc.
And more fans immitating them, too.

It works for downhill skiing too.

at 7:49 PM Anonymous tutorkey'sfavoriteson said...

while i don't think sauerbeck nor bako are going to make the team. people questioned krivsky when he picked up brandon phillips...josh hamilton...jeff keppinger...and he's been criticized for not making a trade for someone like bedard and mortgaging the future. sauerbeck and bako will simply fill out the roster in spring training and who knows...they might surprise someone. a little competition is good. i don't like stanton, i think he's terrible and i don't like todd coffey. sauerbeck can't be as bad as those two. let's give krivsky the benefit of the doubt. i will agree with one thing though...krivsky needs to lighten up a little, he's not running the cia, just the reds. come on wayne...the team exists for the fans.

at 9:00 AM Blogger ChadR said...

Whatever happened to Dusty Baker's thought that he would be able to bring people here, that players would want to play for him. This was mentioned sometime last fall, and that idea has dropped completely off the face of the Earth. I know Cordero was probably influenced by Baker, but there was an implication there would be more players coming.

at 11:14 AM Anonymous OptimisticRedsFan said...

Krivsky has completely remade the Reds' roster. Sauerbeck and Bako create additional competition in Spring training, which can only help. However, with the possible exception of Joe Oliver, the Reds haven't had a great catcher since Johnny Bench ... and the key to every great is strenth up the middle.

at 12:20 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...


WK has not remade the Reds roster dude. 75% were on the roster before he got here

Sauerbeck providing competition?

give me a break

at 12:31 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

All you fantasy-leaguers who keep harping on the Reds to get a catcher.

David Ross was one of the best defensive catchers last year and pitchers love the way he calls and directs a game.

So he didn't hit much. Not exactly a team hurting to score runs. It's the pitching, and the catcher on the defensive end of things is pretty good.

at 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

SI ARTICLE : They rank our infield 13th in the NL...right behind the NATS.! Given this & 2 outfielders playing for themselves, with defensive liabilities.CF very suspect,and pitching still near the bottom of the league!Who can blame all the W.K. haters...the state of the REDS is bad !No wonder Walt J. was hired & I also say WAKE UP CINCY FIRE KRIVSKY!!!

at 2:08 PM Blogger Joe said...

Sauerbeck and Bako are more than likely going to end up as batting practice arms for Spring training.

at 2:35 PM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

Mr Redlegs..you are the one that keeps preaching the Reds are gonna win the world series..

only one living a fantasy is you

if you think a catcher that hits 200 is acceptable ..your fantasy world just expanded to a fantasy universe

at 3:11 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Jack, you are increasingly intolerable. Congratulations for the well-heeled attention you bring upon yourself. Obviously you don't get enough at home.

You have never--and never will--hear me preaching the Reds are going to win the World Series. But that's nice of you to continually put words in people's mouths and distort facts and fiction into half-truths and malignant rants.

And yes, I think a catcher who throws out 40 percent of would-be base stealers in his career--including 45 percent in 2006 and 41 percent last year-- and has a career catcher's ERA of 4.36 is unfathomably worthless on a team with so much first-ballot Hall of Fame pitching talent.

at 6:02 PM Blogger Scott said...

I know Bartolo Colon had a horrible year last year, might be washed up, and is fat. However, I remember him from when he was in Cleveland & when that guy was on -- he could beat anyone. I lived in Cleveland when he played for Cleveland.

John - any chance the Reds would take a chance on Colon next year, or is he still too expensive, or is he considered washed up?


at 11:31 AM Anonymous Jack in Blue Ash said...

redlegs..sorry you think I am intolerable because i don't agree with you

we always hear how a poor hitting catcher "calls a great game".. give me a break

our duo behind the plate is a travesty

good teams generally have solid catchers as a fulcrum for everything else.

again..the difference between you and i...you make excuses..I say we need to do better

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