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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. Who is Russ Springer and why are we signing a 41 year old pitcher?

  2. Good conversation points on Chris Dickerson, Nix and Heisey guys. I could live with Dickerson taking Nix’s spot, but otherwise, part of me thinks that if the Reds have gone this long without Dickerson, perhaps he’s expendable (if not, unfortantely, undependable).

  3. Reds today signed Russ Springer who is 41 and assigned him to AAA lousiville.

  4. The 41-year-old Springer, who has 17 major league seasons under his belt, recently threw for his fourth and fifth teams at Bringhurst Field as a free agent. Cincinnati was one of those teams.

    All five teams for which he threw made him offers, but he said yes to only one.

    “Me being a big Cincinnati fan growing up, even though the other offer (of the final two) was better, all of a sudden I went from being not really excited to looking at it as a kid again when I was pulling for them during the Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, George Foster days.

    “And they’re in first place,” he added. “That’s big.”

  5. It appears that Edinison will be making his return this Saturday vs. the Rockies. Wonder if Bronson will go Friday and probably Cueto on Sunday?

  6. Russ Springer’s last 4 seasons:
    233ip
    194h (7.5/9)
    70bb (2.7/9)
    215k (8.3/9)
    26hr (1.0/9)
    3.01era
    1.133whip

    Minor league deal, see what he can do the next 2-4 weeks. If he’s doing well, then you’ve just added an extra bullpen option for the final 4-6 weeks of the season without trading a prospect. If he’s not a good option, then he finishes the year in Louisville.

    I think it is a great low-risk, low-cost way of giving yourself bullpen depth. I’m sure the Reds are also looking that he’s been in playoffs 4 times and the world series twice.

    Purely from Louisville’s perspective, they need pitchers. They had a couple of guys from A-ball make emergency starts with Wood and Maloney getting called up and Lecure on the DL. They have a couple of guys who started the year in the bullpen in their rotation. I’m sure they need an arm or two.

    • Russ Springer’s last 4 seasons:
      233ip
      194h (7.5/9)
      70bb (2.7/9)
      215k (8.3/9)
      26hr (1.0/9)
      3.01era
      1.133whipMinor league deal, see what he can do the next 2-4 weeks.If he’s doing well, then you’ve just added an extra bullpen option for the final 4-6 weeks of the season without trading a prospect.If he’s not a good option, then he finishes the year in Louisville.I think it is a great low-risk, low-cost way of giving yourself bullpen depth.I’m sure the Reds are also looking that he’s been in playoffs 4 times and the world series twice.Purely from Louisville’s perspective, they need pitchers.They had a couple of guys from A-ball make emergency starts with Wood and Maloney getting called up and Lecure on the DL.They have a couple of guys who started the year in the bullpen in their rotation.I’m sure they need an arm or two.

      Louisville just released Adkins..and they’re going to have Bailey down there making rehab starts shortly (I’d assume) and maybe Harang making one or two also. I don’t understand it…unless there’s more going on than we know (Bailey/Harang/a trade, something)..

  7. Do you really see either accepting a role in the bullpen?

  8. I agree with Greg on this one. Low risk move. Springer was a solid option when I watched a lot of Astros games. Minor league deal, shouldn’t hurt anything.

  9. @dn4192:

    Who is Russ Springer and why are we signing a 41 year old pitcher?

    Well at least he is better than Cordero.

  10. Just want to remind everyone the skepticism with trading for Rolen, who like Springer, gets reunited with Jocketty. His last season in the NL he held righties to .176/.246/.210 line. in 2007 it was .158/.219/.222

  11. @LVW: Yes, I’m sure the reuniting with a general manager is the key.

    I mean, really.

    I like the signing; low risk, I’ve always liked Springer, but is Jocketty now a pitching coach?

    • @LVW: Yes, I’m sure the reuniting with a general manager is the key.I mean, really.I like the signing; low risk, I’ve always liked Springer, but is Jocketty now a pitching coach?

      GEEEEZ. I didn’t say it was the key. I was pointing out the connection between the Reds and Springer.

  12. Dusty has an idiotic quote per Fay:

    “You know there’s a lot of things that go into. It’s not always who’s pitching the best. It’s whose contract is what and who has options and various things.”

    Even Fay scoffs at that.

    I just know the Reds aren’t going to pick the right starters. They’re going to
    send Wood down in favor of Harang.

  13. Ok guys I listened to the pod cast today with Chad and Bill … Again Please Please
    lets just enjoy the ride this year and not trade away any of our high level prospects..just for a chance at a 3 of 5 game crap shoot. .. In that vein I listened to the guys say they don’t care about about a trade including Francisco or Alonzo .. I attended the Bats vs Iron Pigs game tonight and .. wow Francisco launched two Homers the first an opposite field blast to left and the 2nd a walkoff blast to right halfway up the bleachers over the picnic tables in right to win the game . I have not seen a longer HR at Slugger field since the days of Adam Dunn. Not only the power but Francisco is a good hitter period. Yes he struggles some at 3rd. Yes he struggles some vs Lefty pitching . He is no Brooks Robinson. He is Big Papi but more athletic I believe. I think he can be “okay” at third there or in Left. He can make the routine plays. I asked Jockerty that very question at the Winter Caravan in January . He responed that the Reds believe Francisco can play third. Guys we just cannot give up that kind of power Bat too easily. Lets at least hang onto this guy for awhile.. THE MAN CAN HIT THE BASEBALL

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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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