Kirkendall Posted December 15, 2004 Report Share Posted December 15, 2004 I have to give O'Brien credit for working on the pitching staff thus far. CINCINNATI -- After an uneventful Winter Meetings, things have certainly picked up since the Reds' top brass returned to Cincinnati.Less that 24 hours after acquiring right-handed starter Ramon Ortiz from the Angels, the Reds announced that they've signed right-hander relievers David Weathers and Ben Weber to one-year deals. Although financial terms were not immediately disclosed by the club, Weather's contract includes a a club option for 2006.A 14-year veteran, this will be Weathers' second stint in Cincinnati. He spent the first half of 1998 with the Reds, going 2-4 with a 6.21 ERA in 16 appearances (nine starts) before being picked up off the waiver wire by Milwaukee.Last season the well-traveled hurler went a combined 7-7 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts and 64 relief appearances for the Mets, Astros and Marlins.Because of his ability to pitch both as a starter and out of the bullpen, Weathers will likely fill the swingman role filled by Todd Van Poppel last season.Weber was one of the American League's best relievers between 2001 and 2003, going 18-5 with a 2.86 ERA and seven saves in 181 appearances over the three-year stretch. However, he pitched in only 18 games last season because of carpal tunnel syndrome. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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