posted on May, 24 2005 @ 01:47 PM
The Cubs' bullpen has been so bad this season that they are thinking about picking up other teams' discards.
Manager Dusty Baker admitted the Cubs would have interest in Danny Graves, who was designated for assignment Monday by the Cincinnati Reds after
allowing five runs Sunday to Cleveland and then making an obscene gesture to a fan after he was roundly booed.
The Cubs and others have two options for getting Graves, who is owed about $5 million for the rest of this season:
They could trade for him in the next 10 days, asking the Reds to eat a large share of his remaining salary. Graves also has a mutual option in the
contract for next season at $6.5 million, which a new team could void at the end of this season.
They could wait for 10 days, after which time Graves is a free agent and the Reds will have paid him all his contract money. The signing team could
then make any deal it wants with Graves, from anywhere near the prorated minimum, about $250,000, to more than $1 million depending on the number of
The Cubs would like to know the exact reasons Graves was released. But one of them is obvious-he's 1-1 with a 7.76 ERA and 10 saves in 12 chances.
[Edited on 5-24-2005 by ProudAmerican]