Francisco Cordero and Ramon Hernandez
August 1 begins the mandated waiver period—any player on a team who will become eligible to be traded. It is not uncommon to see some very good players on that list as well as some popular players.
This year is no exception. The Cincinnati Reds are expected to put catcher Ramon Hernandez on the waiver wire. With so many teams in need of a good catcher (hello, San Francisco), it will be like dangling a piece of meat over a circle of sharks. He won't last long.
If a player is waived any team may claim him. If he is claimed by another team, the team who placed the player on waivers has three options:
1) They can arrange a trade with the claiming team within two days,
2) rescind the request and keep the player,
3) do nothing and let the team claim the player.
If anyone has been looking at Willis' recent performances I wouldn't be surprised to see him snatched up to see what the Reds' future intentions of the southpaw are. The 29-year-old former Rookie of the Year has had his career resurrected under the tutelage of Ted Power and Bryan Price.
Who of the following will be traded after being claimed on waivers?
Cordero, 36, has had a very fine career, having notched over 300 saves, but in today's market he is an overpriced dinosaur. The Reds would be fortunate if they can work out a deal with him, and either bring in another closer or promote Nick Masset or one of the other relievers in the bullpen corps.
The versatile Cairo is aging but holds value for nearly any team in a run for the pennant. The 37-year-old Venezuelan is a career .268 hitter in his 16th year and ninth team. He can play all infield positions, the corner outfield and is a dependable pinch-hitter.
The much-traveled Renteria has been around the block and can still provide a big hit. He was ready to retire last year after the World Series MVP was only offered $1 million to stay with the Giants. The Reds signed him for one year at a little over $2 million. His defense has slowed and his average is about 40 points down from his career average of .286.
I don't feel the Reds have given a fair shot to Hermida. He was at the major league level briefly this season in a platooning effort that went sour. He is currently batting .308/.394/.484 with 11 HR and 41 RBI at Triple-A Louisville. He is in his seventh season, the first five of which were with the Florida Marlins.
Lewis is in his first year with the Reds after being obtained from the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason. He has done a solid job maintaining his .272 career batting average. The 30-year-old spent the first four years of his career with the San Francisco Giants.
In my opinion Hernandez will be claimed by someone and a hard decision will have to be made by the Reds concerning their future behind the plate. Devin Mesoraco is one of the most widely touted prospects in the game. He is playing at Louisville and most fans are clamoring for his debut. He just turned 23 and his future looks bright.
I would imagine that Cairo and perhaps Willis will be the only two others that the Reds will take off the wire and keep them for the postseason push.
With no trades prior to the deadline, unless you call the pregame unloading of Jonny Gomes for fodder a trade, the Reds are still in the hunt for something better.