Reds liked Isringhausen, offer coming

Free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen pitched in the bullpen Tuesday for the Reds with GM Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price among those who watched. Jocketty liked what he saw enough that he’s planning to make an offer for the 37-year-old former closer.

“He looked good. He’s a long ways from being able to pitch in a game,” Jocketty said. “But he looked good, and just after looking at him, he looked like he’s healthy. He’s going to have to go out and pitch for a while. I’ve got a call into his agent to talk to him and see what happens.”

Isringhausen pitched for Jocketty with the Cardinals from 2002-08 and notched 217 saves.

“I’d anticipate hes pleased with how well he threw in front of the staff,” Price said. “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. He threw like almost 40 pitches, 35-38 pitches. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready, four or five minutes of catch and then he was getting after it. He looked very healthy to me.”


Cordero would remain as closer. Izzy likely being considered as setup. First he has to sign, and then get big league ready in the minors.

Mark- With Jason Isringhausen about to sign, do believe the Reds will try and move Franciso Cordero? And if not, who do you believe the Reds primary closer will be?

Mark – I understand the signings for relief help but is there anything else in the works for some offensive help for the second half

No word on offensive help search yet — but I’m keeping my eyes and ears open. It wouldn’t shock me if that’s happening. GM likes to operate on the downlow as much as possible.

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