Since the Reds signed Jeremy Affeldt and Josh Fogg, I’ve started to wonder what happened to some of the pitchers who were in spring training last year fighting for a job with the club. Here’s a rundown of some of the guys from 2007 who are no longer with the Reds.
I had high hopes for Dumatrait last year. He didn’t make the club out of spring training, but was a mid-season call up. He put up solid minor league numbers in Louisville (10-6, 3.53 ERA), but fared, um…not so good with the Reds. In 6 starts, he went 0-4 with a 15.00 ERA.
Dumatrait was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh in October.
Saarloos went back and forth between the Reds and the minors last year. With the Reds he was 1-5 with a robust 7.17 ERA. Not exactly the numbers the Reds had in mind when they signed him. He was a colossal disappointment and finally elected free agency rather than another trip to Louisville.
Saarloos is back with Oakland this spring as a non-roster invitee.
What I remember from Kyle Lohse last year was a handful of great starts, including an 8 inning, 4 hit, 0 run, 12 strikeout performance against the Cubs in April. What I remember more were his awful starts, and there were many of those. The question was often asked, “Is ‘Good Kyle’ or ‘Bad Kyle’ starting tonight?” The answer was usually Bad Kyle. He was 6-12 with a 4.58 ERA for the Reds before being traded to the Phillies late in the season for prospect P Matt Moloney.
Lohse is currently a free agent.
EZ was another guy who got used to the trip down I-71 between Cincinnati and Louisville. Spent the majority of the year dealing with arm injuries. In just 4 games with the Reds, he was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA.
Ramirez is with Texas this spring as a non-roster invitee.
Cormier was the first casualty of the failure of the Reds bullpen last year. He wasn’t as bad as his stats appear (6 games, 3.0 IP, 3ER) but blew a game in late April and was DFAed shortly thereafter.
Cormier is currently a free agent.
Santos was a surprise in Spring Training and made the club to begin the season. He was less impressive as the season began. He made 32 appearances for the Reds before being sold to Baltimore.
Santos is with San Francisco this spring as a non-roster invitee.
Gosling was in the running for the 5th starter spot during Spring Training. He didn’t get it, but made it up to the bigs in June as an innings eater when the Reds were getting blown out. In 23 appearances (all in relief) he was 2-0 with a 4.91 ERA.
Gosling was claimed off waivers by Toronto.
“Everyday Eddie” played in only a handful of games at the end of last season after battling back from surgery on his arm in the offseason. The Reds certainly missed him filling the closer’s role, and instead used the ill-fated “Closer by Committee” method. That did not work out well for the Reds.
Guardado was signed by Texas in the offseason.
A couple other guys worth noting:
Bobby Livingston is rehabbing from off season surgery and is not expected back until 2009.
Tom Shearn is in camp with the Reds as a non-roster invitee.
Outfielder Buck Coats was traded to Toronto for a player to be named later. (Insert porn star joke here)