Rheal Cormier, until recently a member of the Reds bullpen, has announced his retirement (according to a blurb at the end of this article). Fortunately, Wayne Krivsky signed Cormier to a contract extension last year, so Frenchy won’t be destitute through the end of the year. The Reds will be paying him.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. He announced his retirement on Mike Stanton’s birthday. Interesting.

    Maybe that could be a topic: What can we get Mike Stanton for his birthday?

  2. A bus ticket and a “Thanks for the memories” Hallmark card.

    Too soon?

  3. Does he get paid? I know the Reds released him from his contract, but he’s also unwilling to play.

  4. Hallmark cards are kind of expensive, DA. You could go to Dollar General and get a whole stack of cards for the price of a good one at Hallmark. That way we have some ready for the coaching staff and something to look forward to.

    Or we could just get them some old used ones with torn corners with the names scratched out and refer to them as our “Veteran Presence Edition”. They could have been expensive once upon a time, and instead of drawing attention to their creases and obvious wear and tear we could celebrate all the past memories to which they brought us joy. Wayne and Jerry should like that.

  5. Interesting question. I assume that since he only retired because the Reds released him, he’s entitled to his full salary – i.e. because the Reds moved first. I also doubt he would have announced his retirement today if it was going to cost him over a million dollars to do so.

  6. He only retired from AAA. Any major league or AA team is free to sign him! šŸ™‚

  7. Here’s the answer from Reds.com:

    Cormier done: Veteran left-handed reliever Rheal Cormier, who was released by the Reds on May 9, announced his retirement. Cormier, 40, was pitching for the Triple-A Richmond Braves.

    In case you were wondering, the Reds are still on the hook for all of Cormier’s $2.25 million 2007 salary.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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