From (quoting the Chicago Sun Times):

Whether it’s simply to catch up on the past or plot for the future, new Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has been chatting with his former Chicago Cubs co-aces, Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.
”I talked to Mark Prior [Wednesday], and I’ve heard from Woody and some other guys,” said Baker, who will turn his focus to managing the Reds once his current gig as an ESPN analyst ends after the World Series.
Both pitchers could become free agents this offseason, and the Reds are starved for pitching.

I know this isn’t going to happen and it’s just someone filling newspaper space.

But if either or both were found to be recovered from injuries, and could be had for a reasonable price. I’d be in favor of it. These low cost – high ceiling pickups are what this team is going to have to do to compete in ’08 and it’s something that Krivsky has shown some talent in pulling off.

But if they’re judged healthy, why would the Cubs let them walk?

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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.

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10 Responses

  1. doug

    I would be willing to take Wood at 4 Million for a single season. As for Prior, I would be willing to pay him 2 million base salary with incentives to go up higher based on production.

    Doubt either guy ends up here…. but it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world either.

  2. Dan

    1) Develop good young players.
    2) Buy low when acquiring players.

    This is how you build a good team on a low-to-mid payroll.

    If we can buy low on either of these guys (and NOT on a long-term deal, Wayne!), I’m all for it! It’s highly highly unlikely, but it’s fun to dream.

    (These guys are mainly known for being hurt now, but they were AMAZINGLY good when healthy. As in, truly dominant.)

  3. Dan

    By the way, one more thing… The only way to truly get a “buy low” opportunity here is to sign them BEFORE they are judged to be fully healthy. Not after.

    It’d be a high-risk move, with a large chance of getting zero return on the deal. But if the price is right, I’d really like the move. There’s an outside chance of LARGE upside.

  4. Sultan of Swaff

    Wood will likely get at least a 2 year deal for $4mil per. Not horrible, but not cheap either. The problem for that guy (besides his horrible mechanics) is how wild within the strike zone he is. While he didn’t give up a homer in 24 innings this season, it has been his Achilles heel. That said, I’d take a flyer on him if he’s so moved by Dusty’s charisma to give the Reds a discount. As for Prior, he looked visibly smaller before he went down with a bum shoulder—I’m thinking HGH. He’ll probably be available given the stability of the Cubs rotation. I doubt he’d return to his 2003 form, but even if he’s slightly less than that, he’d be a great addition to the back of the rotation. I can’t really argue with either, but my gut tells me Woods’ inconsistency would drive the blogosphere batty.

  5. Chad

    As I noted over at the Reds Listserv, if Wood and Prior don’t blame Baker for ruining their
    respective careers, it’s a point in Baker’s favor. Certainly it
    doesn’t end the debate on Baker’s history of pitcher abuse, but it would be interesting, nonetheless.

  6. Deacon B

    Wood could help coming out of the pen.
    I think Prior is done.

  7. Glenn

    Either pitcher would be an upgrade for the Reds. The team is going to have to look at signing at least one free agent starting pitcher for next year. I don’t know, but I’m thinking Wood and Prior are both going to be priced out of reach.
    Dan’s right though. We need to start drafting and developing pitching talent on our own. Its the only way to sustain a winning program.

  8. Justin

    Cubs system not Baker ruined Wood and Prior if they are talking to Dusty.

  9. John

    Sorry. Neither of those are an “upgrade.” Harang and Arroyo pitch 200 innings. Prior and Wood are lucky to pitch 100 combined.

    People must like the idea of paying millions of dollars to guys who are always too hurt to play. (Hey, they could re-sign Eric Milton! He’s an upgrade from Phil Dumatrait!)

  10. snake

    Paying for injured players can work out. Chris Carpenter was broken down when the Card’s first signed him. He’s managed to have a few outstanding years since then.

    If the price is right, do it.