08/31/11 7:58 PM ET
Mesoraco set for September callup by Reds
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Cordero expresses desire to retire with Reds
CINCINNATI -- There could be a doozy of a decision looming for the Reds this winter, and it carries large financial ramifications. Will they bring back closer Francisco Cordero?Cordero is in the final guaranteed year of his four-year, $46 million contract that pays him $12 million this season. There is a $12 million club option for 2012 with a $1 million buyout. The 36-year-old made clear his wishes. "I would love to be back again," Cordero said on Wednesday. "I'm not afraid to go somewhere else, but this organization, and my teammates, has been real great to me. My family loves it here in Cincinnati. They've got a great ownership and front office. Dusty [Baker] has been like a father to me. I love Dusty as a manager, but more as a person. He's an amazing guy, something you don't find every day in a manager. "Sometimes it's not right to say stuff like that, but I would even like to retire as a Cincinnati Red. It's not up to me. There are some things we'll have to deal with." To make that happen, would Cordero be willing to come back at a lower price if the Reds were to extend his stay? That question he wasn't ready to answer. "That's something they might talk about with my agent, if they decide to do it," Cordero said. "My agent would have to talk about it with me. I would love to be here. I'm sure there is something we could do or work out that would be fair to both sides." After saving 40 of 48 games in an inconsistent 2010 season, Cordero has been sensational most of '11. He has a 2.34 ERA and 29 saves in 34 chances and 56 games. He has also made significant cuts to his walks and hits totals from a year ago. With 319 career saves, Cordero is tied for 14th on the all-time list and two shy from tying idol and fellow Dominican native Jose Mesa. If he is not brought back by the Reds, the closer's role would be wide open. It would definitely intensify speculation that lefty Aroldis Chapman could close next season. Cordero is not letting his unsettled contract situation affect his performance on the mound. "I don't worry about that," Cordero said. "I'll have to think about it, but it's really not what's on my mind. My mind is on doing my job. I've got to give my best to Cincinnati and be my best."
Reds' Leake 'close' to getting innings capped
CINCINNATI -- In his second professional season, Reds starter Mike Leake has accumulated 152 innings pitched. Leake had 138 1/3 innings for Cincinnati in his 2010 rookie season after jumping from college to the Majors.The Reds plan to cap the 23-year-old Leake's innings limit before the season ends. "He's close," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He might have another start or two. We'll have to talk to [pitching coach] Bryan [Price] about it in a couple of days and figure out what the right number is. It's pretty soon." In 26 games, including 24 starts Leake is 11-8 with a 4.04 ERA. He has a 3.49 ERA in 17 starts since returning from a brief two-game stint at Triple-A Louisville.
Rolen progressing, but no timetable set
CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is making enough progress that his return could be near. How near remains a mystery.Rolen will not be going on a rehab assignment before any activation from the disabled list. Triple-A Louisville's season ends on Sept. 5. "I don't know if he's ready to quite do that yet," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "When he might be ready, their season is over. He's going to come to St. Louis with us." Rolen had left shoulder surgery on Aug. 3 that removed some bone spurs. He's been hitting and taking ground balls. "He looks pretty good," Baker said. "I'm sure he doesn't have the strength or the timing he'd like to have, but he looks a lot [more free]."
Hermida claimed off waivers by San Diego
CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Jeremy Hermida was claimed off of outright waivers by the Padres on Wednesday. Hermida had been playing at Triple-A Louisville.Hermida was up with the Reds during the first month of the season and batted .111 (2-for-18) with one home run, three RBIs in 10 games. At Louisville, he batted .319 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs. "He had a good year. I hate to lose him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I talked to him briefly. He said he's got an opportunity. He liked it here. He wanted to get back to the big leagues. I always thought he was a pretty good player." Hermida coming off the 40-man roster opened a spot for the Reds to add catching prospect Devin Mesoraco for his big league promotion on Thursday.