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11/21/08 5:25 PM EST
Reds could bring back Weathers
Righty reliever drawing interest from about a half-dozen teams
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Don't count David Weathers out from the Reds yet. Weathers, a veteran right-handed reliever, recently said he had "flipped the page" about pitching again in Cincinnati. However, the Reds and the pitcher's agent still have communication lines open. "We're still negotiating and still talking," agent Danny Horwits said on Friday. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty had confirmed on Thursday that his club still had interest in bringing Weathers back and that he talked to Horwits this week. Horwits, who estimated that a "half-dozen" teams were interested in his client, declined to handicap the odds that the 39-year-old free agent might return to the Reds. "In terms of the process, everything is taking care of itself," Horwits said. "Other teams have gotten involved now that the market has opened. We're running through those teams and discussing their interest with David and also keeping the Reds informed." Weathers has been a key reliever in the late innings. This past season, he was 4-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 72 relief appearances. He had expressed disappointment that he wasn't given an offer during the Reds' exclusive negotiating period after the World Series. "He'd like to get something done as soon as possible, but it will take time to talk with all the teams involved," Horwits said. The Reds have already lost one free-agent reliever when lefty Jeremy Affeldt signed with the Giants on Monday for two years at $8 million. Cincinnati is also talking to free-agent reliever Mike Lincoln and infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. about returning.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.