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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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Monday, April 28, 2008

Coffey out; Bray in

The Reds called up left-hander Bill Bray and optioned right-hander Todd Coffey to Triple-A Louisville.

Here's the release:

Today the Reds recalled from Class AAA Louisville LHP Bill Bray (#45) and optioned to Louisville RHP Todd Coffey.

In 8 apps for the Bats Bray went 0-0, 1.04 with 1 save (8.2ip, 4h, 1er, 3bb, 14k, 1hr, .133oba)...he began spring training with a sore left shoulder and didn't appear in an exhibition game until 3/12...finished the spring with a 3.68era in 6 apps (7.1ip, 5h, 3er, 2bb, 6k) before he was optioned to the minors the day before camp broke.

Coffey posted a 6.46era in 14 relief apps for the Reds.


at 3:06 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

As a todd coffey fan, this is a good move.

at 3:06 PM Blogger Greg said...


at 3:09 PM Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

Woo-Hoo!!!! Finally!!!! Welcome back Bray!

at 3:13 PM Blogger label said...

g-d bless jocketty!

at 3:15 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

ditto that woo-hoo..

Coffey needs a change..he dont have bad stuff..perhaps being on another team will help

at 3:15 PM Blogger Simon said...

this was about 4 weeks past due

at 3:22 PM Blogger Mike said...

Thank you

at 3:22 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

now who goes when stormy is ready?

do they cut the fogg?

at 3:22 PM Blogger schlemdog said...


How many options does Coffey have left?

at 3:25 PM Blogger Mark T said...

Two questions about Coffey: 1) is he AAAA, and 2) is he a head case.

at 3:31 PM Blogger NVreds said...

Man, I've been wondering when this was going to happen. Coffey hasnt been as terrible as I've seen him, but you gotta go with your best options.

I think a change of teams would help coffey, and he does have trade value.

at 3:33 PM Blogger robdicken said...


No more first pitch fastballs to opposing teams' best hitters!

at 3:34 PM Blogger John Fay said...

He has an option for this year, which is opening, i.e, they can move him up and down as often as they want.

at 3:36 PM Blogger RickDinChicago said...

Wish it would have worked out for him. Really do. Really hope Bray works out...

at 3:39 PM Blogger Geoff said...

FINALLY! I doubt anyone in Redsdom would think this is a bad move. Be interesting to see how Dusty uses Bray.

at 3:45 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I've seen Bray's act for parts of two seasons. Not overly excited about him, but he can't be any worse than Coffey has been. So may as well give him another shot.

at 3:59 PM Blogger INDYREDFAN said...

14 K's in 8 and a third, if he stays healthy I think he will be very good for the bullpen.

at 4:05 PM Blogger Jdarts said...


at 4:10 PM Blogger schlemdog said...


Hasn't Bray been injured or become injured each time he seems ready to contribute?

I don't feel like we've seen Bray at 100%.

at 4:10 PM Blogger Jon said...

If Coffey could place his pitches better, wow.

at 4:28 PM Blogger OldRed1966 said...


Do you think Arroyo needs to have a good outing tonight or we could see him and Affeldt swtich spots if he doesn't?

at 4:52 PM Blogger Frank Robinson's Ghost said...

It is all well and good to thank Walt Jocketty for this -- and I agree with the move -- but I believe it is a mistake to think that Krivsky would NOT have sent Coffey down.

at 4:58 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Todd Coffey is a good guy who actually cares and tried to improve on his own by getting phyiscally fit before spring training. Maybe some others (David Ross) could take a page out of that book.

I think Todd would do better in another organization. Let's see how he does under Ted Powers wing.

at 4:58 PM Blogger r.m. largent said...

Nice - feel kinda bad for the guy, but he's taking a spot from someone more deserving. Now, it's time to think about whose spot in the rotation Homer will take. Arroyo should be on a very short leash and perhaps Belisle could be trying out in his next couple of starts for a shot in the bullpen or a trade.

at 5:03 PM Blogger Joe said...

This should have happened a few weeks ago. Thank you Mr. Jockety. Get him about 10 appearances where he dominates and trade him for a low minors pitcher with an arm and a hope. Good move.

at 5:14 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Hey John? Is David Weathers rehabbing or what?

at 5:16 PM Blogger mentalmidget said...

Glad to see it. I wished our beloved Reds had made this move 2 weeks ago.

at 5:17 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Good luck Bray, I have a little change of heart about Majeswki, hes a good guy I hope he gets better, he was so nice at the picnic.I would rather watch Majweski give up runs than watch Homer Bailey pitch, ive never hated a player that bad. I remember once last year he got hammerd he came off the field i smiled at him gave him a golf clapp.

at 5:38 PM Blogger Don said...

Coffey has about used up his nine lives in this organization. It is about time Coffey and the Reds parted ways.

at 5:42 PM Blogger anti-media said...

With no Dunn,Griffless or COFFEY we are getting better by the hour.Thanks BOB !!!I'll buy more tickets!!!

at 5:47 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Homer Bailey ain't ready, and Terry Reynolds;' evaluation says he's not ready. But then, he wasn't ready last year and everyone was screaming bloody hell for him. You want a repeat?

at 6:03 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Were getting there. Now if they can just figure out what to do with Dunn. There are 3 reasons you keep a guy like Dunn in the lineup, 2 are obvious, offense and or defense, the 3rd is protection.

Hes not hitting home runs
hes not driving in runs
hes not playing defense
and the way hes hitting Im starting to wonder about protection.

So is it the 13m keeping him in the lineup?

I do realize that he will come around, but leaving him in the lineup no matter what just contributes to his complacency. I say bench him indefiniately. Give him the old kick in the a$$. Then remind him hes in a contract year and see if he gets motivated.

Maybe he gets his head out of his butt, comes back and has a career second half. (yes, bench him that long)

I know, he gets paid 13m even on the bench, but you might as well win a few games and have a defensively solid outfield in the mean time.

Hairston LF
Hopper / Bruce CF
Griffey / Hopper RF

at 6:11 PM Blogger DavetheGeek said...

Todd is a great kid. I hope he works on his breaking ball at Louisville and is back soon. I met Todd when he pitched for Dayton Dragons and have followed his career since.

at 6:21 PM Blogger Mr. Doom and Gloom said...

change of scenery would be great for coffey but good luck finding somone to take that contract...he's gonna make about a million pitching in l'ville this year

at 6:50 PM Blogger Zippy said...

It always drives me nuts when teams take a few weeks (or months) to do exactly what the fans have been begging for. This board screamed for Stanton to be released, and eventually the team figured it out. We've been screaming for Coffee to be sent down, and eventually the team figured it out. We screamed for Fogg to be out of the rotation, and eventually he was. Why do fans often seem to know more about the team than the team knows about itself?

Most of us have been complaining about Patterson leading off. Maybe Dusty will eventually figure this one out, too, but I won't be holding my breath.

at 7:04 PM Blogger Zippy said...

Every time I see someone saying Dunn isn't producing, I'm going to point out that he's getting on base nearly 4 out of every 10 times he hits. If all the Reds "failed" to produce like that, they'd probably average 6 runs a game.

I just don't understand why it's so hard for people to grasp the fact that getting on base via a walk is productive. A few more hits and HRs would be nice, but if pitchers aren't throwing many strikes, Dunn is doing the right thing by taking the walks rather than swinging at bad pitches.

at 7:14 PM Blogger Dave said...

This just in, Adam Dunn is having a bad start to the year...this is also news that should've been out 2 weeks ago. Jocketty went for a safe first move. We'll see what he gets us in wheeling and dealing (Dunn and Coffey for Santana and Beltran, to hear the people on here call it - and we'll throw in Freel, I guess).

at 7:17 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Youre absolutely right, walks are productive. Now lets adios Dunn and his 13mil and Hattebereg can be a nothing but walks guy if we want one.

at 7:40 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Dunn isnt seeing any less strikes than Pujols, Ortiz, or Sheffield.

They arent walking or striking out as much.

at 7:43 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

As I said the other day, we could hire a midget to walk every time.

at 8:11 PM Blogger Zippy said...


Dunn walks because he's a threat to hit a HR every time he swings. It isn't a coincidence that the guy with the biggest strike zone on the team walks the most.

That said, I agree that Dunn should be traded to an AL team, where he'd be a more valuable player. But it needs to happen NOW. If the Reds wait until July, he won't be worth much because of his expiring contract. If they trade him this week, I'm sure they could get a nice package of prospects and/or a legitimate leadoff hitter and/or a decent left fielder who can hit .300.

at 8:52 PM Blogger Zippy said...


I'm not sure I get your point. Ortiz is hitting .177 with 4 HRs. Pujols has 3 MORE walks than Dunn. And Sheffield is hitting .159 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. Would you prefer Dunn try to be more like Sheffield?

at 11:38 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

'I'm not sure I get your point. Ortiz is hitting .177 with 4 HRs. Pujols has 3 MORE walks than Dunn. And Sheffield is hitting .159 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. Would you prefer Dunn try to be more like Sheffield?"

Zip, ask me again in sept. Im talking career #s, not this month.

The point is, the other guys walk as a last resort. Dunn I think feels it is an acceptable outcome to an at bat. For most, sure, but hes supposed to be the guy.

Its like LeBron passing the ball with 2 seconds left down by one.

Your strategy to bat Dunn at the top because of OBP makes sense on the surface, but when you consider things like going 1st to 3rd on a ground ball through the IF or 1st to home an a gap shot or corner shot, how many runs will he COST you on the base paths?

I understand your argument that he is contributing, of couse he is, but a starter with a 6.5 ERA that throws 200 innings is contributing too. But is he contributing the way he should, and enough for a guy pullin down that kind of dough?

No Way!

at 2:00 PM Blogger robdicken said...

We'll see what he gets us in wheeling and dealing (Dunn and Coffey for Santana and Beltran, to hear the people on here call it - and we'll throw in Freel, I guess).

AHAHAHAHAHA! Ok...did anyone else find that funny?

That deal has about a snowball's chance in hell at happening! I will let that guy figure out the reasons why. HAHAHA!

at 2:17 PM Blogger ewad said...

Coffey... never seen a guy who throws as hard as he does not be able to strike people out.
Also if anything bad happens to him he blows completely up.
The problem I think is between his ears.... not with his arm.

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