From this Am’s Enquirer:
The Reds might trade Rich Aurilia before Sunday’s non-waiver deadline.
What they won’t do is let him go without getting something in return.
Given the situation with Aurilia – he’s on a one-year contract and he’s keeping players who are part of the future from getting playing time – the Reds could decide simply to part ways with him.
But that’s not going to happen.
“No, sir,” Reds general manager Dan O’Brien said.
Well, gee, I would hope not. If they were going to release him, it would have been in May. Since coming off the DL, he’s been pretty effective.
But now is the time to pull the trigger on a deal.
In another article, OB says “Based on an overall sense of conversations to date, I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing happens”, but he’s talking (I believe) about Griffey, Casey, Dunn, and Kearns.
If Aurillia is with the team on Monday, O’Brien has missed an opportunity to possibly make this team better for ’06. This season is over, trading for any prospect is better than letting a vet with some value walk at the end of the season.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.