One of the greatest Reds killers of all time could potentially become a Red later this week.
Former All-Star and free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen told radio station KFNS that he is scheduled to audition for Walt Jocketty and the Reds sometime this week.
Isringhausen was one of the nastiest closers in recent memory when he played with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2002-2008. During that time, he recorded 217 saves and had an ERA of 2.98. Isringhausen always dominated the Reds so his interest in throwing for Jocketty should spark a lot of interest.
Isringhausen last pitched in 2009 for the Tampa Bay Rays before he blew out his elbow in June and required Tommy John surgery. He told the radio station that it would be strange if he pitched for the Reds, especially against the Cardinals. He also added that he would probably need a few weeks in the minor leagues to get ready for the big leagues again.
• Isringhausen was a dominating closer in his prime and has a career ERA of 3.60 with 293 saves.
• If the Reds were able to sign him, it would probably be for a fairly low price.
• He would add depth to the right-handed side of the bullpen and could be used as a setup man.
• He will turn 38 in September (Yeah, I know Arthur Rhodes is 40 but he’s not human so he doesn’t count).
• He hasn’t pitched since June of last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
• He said he’s found the need to try adding a changeup to his arsenal. A sign he probably doesn’t have a lot of speed on his pitches.
• If the Reds sign Isringhausen, it would be the second ex-Cardinal reliever the Reds would have signed in the past two weeks (along with Russ Springer).
• With Jocketty searching the market for guys that were either about to retire (Springer) or are coming back from major arm surgery (Isringhausen) it maybe a sign that Jocketty doesn’t think the Reds can make a trade for a solid reliever.
Who knows, maybe the Reds are trying to be like the Bengals and can pick guys up off of the proverbial scrap heap and turn them into solid additions to an already great team.
I’d still rather see Joakim Soria or Matt Lindstrom in a Reds uniform rather than Russ Springer and Jason Isringhausen but I’m sure Walt knows better than I do. I hope.