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Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

Jul 21, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract.
“We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’ll know in next day or so.” Jocketty, who was the GM in St. Louis during Isringhausen’s prime, said “he looked good” but “is a long ways from being able to pitch in a game.”
Dusty Baker said: “He looked good for a guy who’s been out a while. He looked strong.”
Pitching coach Bryan Price said: “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready. He looked very healthy to me.”
That somewhere will probably be Triple-A, assuming that Isringhausen accepts the Reds’ offer. He reportedly has a few other teams interested.

  1. Dan - Jul 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Izzy will be best used to mentor the young pitchers on the Reds instead of throwing real pitches during a game. In other words, he would make one heck of a bullpen coach.

  2. The Ol Goaler - Jul 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    IF Izzy can locate his “cutter” (and that’s a big “if”), he could be of use to the Reds in much the same way as ex-Cardinal Scott Rolen… the old pro who has been there and back again, and can show the younger players how to deal with both success and failure. As a full-time closer? Not so much, methinks; but he could give Francisco Cordero the odd breather.

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