February 1, 2011

Desperately Seeking Izzy?

Now that the Cincinnati Reds have signed all of their arbitration-eligible players and are done on the free agent market, we’re in for a lack of real news until pitchers and catchers report in a couple weeks. But there is one major item I’m sure everyone is waiting with bated breath to hear more about. Will the Reds sign Jason Isringhausen again?

There’s not much news since yesterday when I reported Isringhausen would be throwing for the Reds in Arizona. Mark Sheldon did get comments from pitching coach Bryan Price and general manager Walt Jocketty.

“He threw the ball fine, well enough to feel optimistic that with a Spring Training to build his arm strength, he could get back to being productive again,” Price said. “That is if he can stay healthy, which is a top concern for anybody coming off an arm injury.”

Even with that, the Reds didn’t seem ecstatic about signing him.

“We’re not sure if we will pursue it or not,” said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. “We’ll discuss it in the next few days. We have quite a bit of right-handed pitching.”

We’ll see if they make the decision, but I am doubtful at this point. I’m afraid Izzy may be done.

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