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Weathers trade = cash

My Milwaukee colleague Adam McCalvy first reported this but the Reds have now confirmed on Friday that they received an undisclosed amount of cash from the Brewers to complete the Aug. 9 trade for reliever David Weathers.

Now 40 years old, Weathers posted a 3.92 ERA in 68 games combined with the Reds and Brewers this season. Milwaukee holds a $3.7 million option on Weathers for 2010.

Reinforcements, Rolen & Leake

Slowly but surely, the Reds are getting healthier. Two more signs were evident Monday as RHP Jared Burton and OF Chris Dickerson moved through the clubhouse. Burton was activated from the disabled list and took David Weathers’ vacant roster spot. Dickerson should be back on the active roster Tuesday.

Burton went on the DL July 26 with right shoulder fatigue. He made three rehab assignment outings with Class A Dayton (1g, 1ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 3k) and Triple-A Louisville  (2g, 1-0, 2ip, 0h, 0bb, 2k).

“I threw three times and got better each time out through yesterday when I felt as good as I have all year,” Burton said. “I have good and normal. My body and arm are working together.”

Dickerson played four rehab games for Louisville  and was 1-for-4 on Sunday.

“It went well and I felt fine. I would have liked to have gotten some more hits and felt better at the plate but I was just happy I didn’t have any pain. Fielding went well. I got in there, saw pitches and felt relatively comfortable for just getting back and not seeing anything for 10 days.”

rolen 081009.jpgWith the Reds, there is always a flip side to the injury front. 3B Scott Rolen is here and can’t play because of a concussion. Rolen has taken ImPACT Concussion tests already and is slated for more on Thursday.

“I don’t have the prognosis yet,” Rolen said. “On Friday in San Francisco, I was symptomatic of concussions. I am going to take few of these Impact tests again. I’ve done it a couple of times. I will see where I am. Right now, I’m down with no execise, no anything.”

Rolen had about 15 reporters/cameras surrounding him in the Reds dugout today when he met with the media. It was his first time back in St. Louis since he dealt to the Blue Jays in 2007.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty said there were no plans right now to put Rolen on the DL.

“We’ll just wait it out and see,” he said. “We don’t want to act prematurely on that just in case he’s OK. With this type of head injury, it’s too hard to predict what’s going to happen. We’ll let it go for now. I hate to put him on the DL and he’s out for two weeks and find out he’s OK by the end of the week.”

Jocketty also told me that the Reds and first round Draft pick, RHP Mike Leake, have drifted apart since he was optimistic last week that his signing could happen. Throwing a wrench into the works was that seventh overall pick, LHP Mike Minor, was signed by the Braves last week with a $2.42 million signing bonus — it was over the slot recommendation.

“That didn’t help us,” Jocketty said. “We’ll keep negotiating and hope we can get it done before the deadline. We are a reasonable amount apart. We’ve moved considerably and they haven’t moved at all. We’re still far apart.”

The deadline to sign draft picks is 12:01 am ET on Aug. 18.

This is obviously a day late since I was off, but how did you feel about the trade of Weathers to the Brewers? I always felt fans were overly harsh on Weathers, who was more dependable than he got credit for. Yes, he gave up a lot of hits and made innings a little more interesting than they needed to be, but more often than not, he finished an inning with a zero on the board.

 

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Balentien 9
Gomes 7
Rosales 5
Hanigan 2
Cueto 1

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Jocketty manning the phone

Dusty Baker knew who his starting pitcher was for Friday but still wasn’t ready to say. Not until he confirmed with GM Walt Jocketty (my money is still on Justin Lehr).

Problem is, Jocketty is quite busy right now.

“Walt’s manning that phone today, big time. I haven’t seen Walt yet,” Baker said.

It will be interesting to see if any trades go down today, tonight or Friday. The deadline is at 4 p.m. ET. Reliever David Weathers walked through the clubhouse with a smile wondering if reporters had any latest gossip — but there was none.

“I’m counting on you guys to keep me informed,” Weathers joked.

The Reds had a lineup scratch this morning. CF Willy Taveras was removed from the leadoff spot with a sore left wrist. SS Alex Gonzalez was to get a day off but was put back in the lineup and Jerry Hairston Jr. was moved from shortstop to center field.

Reds lineup:

Hairston 8
Gonzalez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 9
Encarnacion 5
Nix 7
Tatum 2
Cueto 1

The new acqusition, OF Wladimir Balentien, arrived first thing this morning after a redeye flight from Seattle.

“I got here and talked to Dusty and I know a couple of other guys,” Balentien said. “I’m happy to get another chance. I’m happy an organization like Cincinnati gave me an opportunity.”

Unless it’s an emergency, I don’t see Balentien playing today or Friday. He will get at-bats against Edinson Volquez on Friday in a simulated game.

“He hasn’t hit in a week,” Dusty Baker said. “He’s been working out but had nowhere to hit.”

Catcher Ryan Hanigan was out for the sixth-straight start with a sore neck.

“Hanigan is a little better,” Baker said. “He was better a couple of days ago and he might have tried to come back too soon. Hopefully we’ll see tomorrow. Boy, we are injured.”

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Crowded DL, Lehr next up?

A lousy road trip was compounded by the loss of two more players to the disabled list on Monday. The Reds placed starting pitcher Micah Owings on the 15-day DL with a tight right shoulder. Outfielder Chris Dickerson joined him there with a bruised right rotator cuff.

“I don’t have to have surgery. I’ve been down that road already,” said Dickerson, who said he was told he had a small tear in his rotator cuff also.

“Dickerson could probably be ready in 5-6 days but we’ve been playing short most of the year,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We can’t afford to go short.”

The Reds called up reliever Robert Manuel and utility player Drew Sutton to fill the 25-man roster.That means Friday’s starter is TBA vs. the Rockies. It just so happens that RHP Justin Lehr is Triple-A Louisville’s scheduled starter that same day. Lehr, who is 13-3 with a 3.31 ERA this season was just named the International League’s pitcher of the week (2-0, 1.88 ERA in two starts). Lehr isn’t on the 40-man roster that would require a second move if he is the one. Lefty Matt Maloney, who has already been up once earlier this season, is scheduled to pitch tonight for Louisville.

As for the outfield situation, the Reds are down to Willy Taveras, Laynce Nix and Jonny Gomes. Jerry Hairston Jr. can play all three spots and Sutton played right field for the first time last week in Los Angeles. Gomes was 2-for-16 on the last road trip and Nix, who just snapped a 0-for-11 skid, has struggled the last few weeks.

Baker was asked about Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs.

“They need to play,” he said, meaning they should remain in the Minors.

Currently on the DL for the Reds are: Jay Bruce, Ramon Hernandez, Edinson Volquez, Mike Lincoln, Wilkin Castillo, Danny Richar and Jared Burton.

Lincoln made his first appearance in the clubhouse since having cervical disc replacement surgery earlier this month. Other than a band-aid in the front of his neck, he didn’t look like a guy that just had a major surgery in that area.

As he often does each day, reliever David Weathers was hitting grounders to his young son, Ryan. But he called out to me and asked if I had heard anything new about him in the rumor mill. I hadn’t.

“I’d like to stay,” said Weathers, who has a one-year deal for this season and zero no-trade clauses. “I don’t want to go anywhere. But I have no control over it.”

Weathers didn’t believe the Reds were in full sell mode yet.

“If we get a sweep [of the Padres] or win three of four, that might make them think again,” Weathers said. “And what if the same people in front of us lose three or four in a row?”

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Encarnacion 5
Nix 7
Gomes 9
Tatum 2
Bailey 1

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(Much needed) break time

One thing was clear during the Reds’ 9-7 loss to the Mets at Citi Field: it’s a very good time for them to disperse for the All-Star break.

The road trip ended with a 2-5 record, including two of three to a Mets team even more banged up than the Reds. Cincinnati is a season-high three games under .500 at 42-45.

Frustration bubbled over, especially for Joey Votto. The Reds first baseman was ejected in the top of the fourth inning for arguing a called strike three by home plate umpire Bill Welke that he felt was inside. Votto was allowed to vent at Welke for several moments before he was run.

It was the first ejection of Votto’s short career. Not a stretch to think it has something to do with his being called out on strikes six times during the road trip, including his last three at-bats in a row (twice on Sunday). Votto will return after the break, of course, but his 14-game hitting streak is on a permanent vacation.

“I’d like to thank Bill Welke for christening me with my first ejection,” said Votto, who had been ejected before in the minors. “I didn’t do anything or offend him in any way. I didn’t go below the belt. I had a basic disagreement with him as far as what was a ball and a strike. He’s a good guy. I don’t have a problem with Bill, at all. I just stood there a little too long and he ran me. He’s a good guy.”

Later in the game, Welke punched out Edwin Encarnacion on a called strike three in the eighth that stopped a rally. Good thing Encarnacion didn’t argue (the pitch looked high and inside to me)– the Reds were about to use up their whole bench.

The Reds could have used Votto’s bat at the end of the game. It was still winnable but a pair of seventh-inning homers against David Weathers proved to be the difference. After Fernando Tatis hit the second homer of the inning to left field, Mets fans became irate when the giant red apple didn’t pop out behind the center field wall.

Maybe Citi Field wasn’t ready for another homer so fast. Before Brian Schneider’s long ball that started the inning, the Mets had gone 80 innings without one. The last one was hit on July 2.

As bad luck would have it, the banged up Reds outfield caught another bad break. Right fielder Chris Dickerson left after four innings with back spasms. He’s day-to-day. Dickerson fully extended himself on an unsuccessful diving catch attempt on David Wright’s bloop single in the bottom of the third and seemed to need an extra moment.

It was a rough game for starter Aaron Harang: 3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER. He’s 0-5 with a 5.26 ERA in nine games since his last victory on May 25.

“I just didn’t have my location,” Harang said. “I was missing spots, falling behind and having to come back and throw strikes. They were out there swinging.”

Yep, it’s time for a break.

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Taking in Citi Field

Start spreading the news, this isn’t Shea.

The Cincinnati traveling party is taking in Citi Field for the first time and it’s hard to believe there is no longer that certain maligned stadium anymore. The jet noise from adjacent LaGuardia Airport is still as frequent as it was at the old place.

“I miss those rats,” reliever David Weathers joked of old Shea. “You could put saddles on their backs and ride them. I saw someone in a tree stand hunting them.”

 

Thumbnail image for citi field4 071009.JPGI didn’t see the Mets clubhouse, but the visiting clubhouse is very nice…smaller than I expected. But big enough.

One NY writer called Citi Field “the second best new ballpark in New York.”

I haven’t seen new Yankee Stadium yet to agree or disagree.

It’s weird seeing a ballpark with such dark features. Everything inside — fence, seating, metalwork, etc. — is a mix of either dark green and black. There is the hints of Mets orange too of course. But it looks very good aesthetically.

A lot of players from other teams that have been here aren’t fond of the roomy dimensions (it’s 415 feet to the right-center field gap…wow). The left field wall isn’t as far, but it’s about 15-20 feet high so any homers that way have to be earned too. The dimensions in general are far from symmetrical, so there could be some odd plays.

“I watched games on TV and walked the grounds,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Everything I saw on TV is real. This could be a tricky place.

“It looks very good here though, very good. It’s always fun coming to a new stadium. It really shows that time is marching on.”

No matter where they’re playing, this is an important series for the Reds. The reeling Mets have lost five of their last six games….ditto for the Reds.

Cincinnati must win two of three here heading into the break. No doubt about it. 


Reds lineup:

Dickerson 9
Taveras 8
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Encarnacion 5
Hairston Jr. 6
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

Jay Bruce will be back in the lineup on Saturday vs. Johan Santana. Lefties are hitting .267 vs. Santana while right-handers are batting .221. 

Ryan Hanigan isn’t back to being Bronson Arroyo’s unofficial personal catcher.

“He hasn’t caught in four days either,” Baker said. “I want to keep Ramon [Hernandez] strong and keep him fresh and give Arroyo the best chance. When you’re up and down the way we’re playing, there’s no real set anything. It’s still midseason but we’re still searching for stuff.”

More photos:

 

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Guys getting ready for BP and field work.

 

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It’s hard to tell, but that’s Mets 3B David Wright above on the left as the Mets took an early session on infield practice. You can also get a sense of how high the LF wall is.

 

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The visitor’s dugout at Citi Field. That’s reliever Daniel Herrera at the railing.

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Stop, rumor time

It’s the time of year you know is coming but can never really brace yourself for properly. I’m not even sure what to call it.

Trade deadline rumor-a-rama? Silly season (that’s more about winter rumors)? The chasing of rumors, legit or not that rarely pan out time of year? I’ll keep working on it.

Anyway, there have been two rumors linked to the Reds the past couple of days and I thought they should be addressed.

The Toronto Sun is reporting today that the Reds have had “internal discussions” about Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen. It’s a natural thought — Rolen played for the Cardinals when GM Walt Jocketty was there. He’s a bat needed for an offense bereft of run producers. Maybe they did discuss him. Lots of players get discussed, year-round. Many GMs and front offices have a big giant board in their office with every club’s players on it.

Here’s the problem: Rolen is making $11 million this year and is owed $11 million next year. He’s 34 years old. The story says the Reds are “dangling” Edwin Encarnacion, who makes $2 million this year and $4.75 million next year.

Unless Toronto is willing to eat much of that money, the Reds aren’t looking to take on that kind of salary hit to their payroll. It’s just a plain fact. 

On Thursday, the Denver Post dropped that the Reds were interested in third baseman Garret Atkins, possibly for relievers David Weathers and Nick Masset. That’s just not happening. I was told from someone in the know that Colorado has called every team in the league trying to unload Atkins. So far, no takers.

Atkins is making $7.05 million this season and batting just .227 with six homers and 27 RBIs. He wouldn’t an offensive upgrade from Encarnacion…who the Reds would still have on the roster in this scenario. Neither guy can play a bunch of positions.

And a Reds official made it clear to me that Masset isn’t going anywhere. Not when he’s doing what he does for such a reasonable salary ($418,000).

If the Reds are buyers, they wouldn’t get rid of two key parts to the bullpen.

I would look for smaller moves. The Reds have a deep farm system and will be able to use it, within reason. Don’t look for giant transactions for rent-a-players like Matt Holliday. This team is finally headed in the right direction and it wouldn’t take a blockbuster move to win the NL Central this season. If they stick to the plan they’ve had lately, they can be contenders both this year and the long term.

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Baker: No broken spirits

Before Sunday’s game, a reporter asked Dusty Baker about the bullpen and how it’s done vs. Albert Pujols in the series. Of course on Friday, Pujols whacked a grand slam off of David Weathers but grounded out vs. Nick Masset on Saturday.

Here is a fantastic quote:

“It’s not us against Albert,” Baker said. “It’s us against the Cardinals. Albert happens to be the grand Cardinal. He is the grand of a lot of stuff.”

Back to the Reds, this will be a pretty big week as they roll into the All-Star break with a six-game road trip to Philadelphia and New York.

“This is going to be some good baseball before the break,” Baker said. “We have the hard-hitting Phillies and the Mets. The Cardinals have the Brewers and the Cubs. Things can change rather quickly.”

After St. Louis, the Brewers will host the best team in baseball, the Dodgers, heading into the break.

None of the six NL Central teams can technically considered out of the race. Even the last-place Pirates, despite their rash of trades, are still only six games out of first.

The Reds entered Sunday 40-39 and two games out.

“There are no broken spirits yet,” Baker said. “Usually by the All-Star break, there are some broken spirits. The spirits are still alive. It makes for good baseball.”

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Civil Rights Game ceremonies

I knew a top-notch ceremony would be held before the Civil Rights Game on Saturday but my expectations were definitely exceded. Everything was done well, but not overdone. It was really cool seeing Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali and Bill Cosby ride in from center field on golf carts and get standing ovations. Cosby wore a Homestead Grays Negro League jersey.

 

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Each icon, and MLB Beacon Awards honorees, had brief tributes to their lives on the big videoboard.

Reds players especially made a concerted effort to see Aaron up close after the tribute was over. David Weathers had his son, Ryan, pose for a picture with the former home run king.

BeBe Winans gave a stellar rendition of the National Anthem. In something you rarely see nailed perfectly, the flyover came right at the end of the song. It was three A-10 planes from Willow Grove Naval Air Reserve Station in Pennsylvania.

The uniforms for both clubs were throwbacks from 1964 — the year the Civil Rights Act was passed.

The White Sox were in solid light blue unis with black numbers…and numbers on the right sleeve. It was a bit unsettling at first, but kind of cool. The Reds had the white pinstriped caps going and in a twist you never see in MLB, the last names were under the numbers. I also think it was the color blue inside the wishbone ‘C’ on the front.

Frank Robinson was accompanied by five Negro League veterans when he threw the ceremonial first pitch. Tony Perez was doing the catching.

If MLB ever considers Cincinnati for an All-Star game, it just saw a strong audition. Commissioner Bud Selig is here along with what I was told was nearly 100 staff members from the league office.

 

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This was taken just as the ceremonies got underway.

 

 

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Taken during the National Anthem.

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Winning trip assured

 

Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Cubs was huge for the Reds. At 6-3 on the trip, it guarantees going home with an above .500 record on the 10-game journey through Milwaukee, Houston and Chicago. Another win on Thursday also means three-straight series wins.

Cueto was sensational with seven scoreless innings and four singles allowed. He had just two Ks but the big key was he didn’t walk anyone and didn’t nibble. He was aggressive and threw 108 pitches overall.

Other moments:

  • Brandon Phillips snapped his 0-for-22 skid with two hits.
  • Cueto was 2-for-2 with a bunt single in the rally that led to the first run in the third.
  • Jay Bruce has homers on back-to-back nights.

Quick turnaround for Thursday as the Reds try for a 7-3 trip and two of three at Wrigley.

Baker on Cueto:

“He pitched outstanding. That’s what we needed too. We got our bullpen straight. That’s what we hoped for in the game.

“He had electric stuff tonight. No walks, that’s the key. He kept the same tempo and same velocity throughout the ballgame. He stopped a very good hitting team over there.”

Weathers:

“We have to do that all year. We’re going to win with pitching and defense. It’s been a long time since this early in the season we’ve seen so few runs and still be winning ballgames. That’s what pitching does. It lets your hitting catch up and we’re going to score runs.”

“I think the good thing about it is nobody is shocked. We expected this out of ourselves. I expect us to come out and take this series tomorrow and have a 7-3 road trip.”

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