Dustin Hermanson Rumors


Gillick Making Up for Lost Time

Having neglected the Phillies bullpen all winter long and into the spring, Phillies general manager Pat Gillick has spent the past few days playing catch-up.  On Thursday, the Phillies acquired Francisco Rosario from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations, and on Friday, the team signed recently released Rick Bauer.

In today's local papers, Gillick stated that the next relief pitcher they will evaluate will be Dustin Hermanson.  The team worked out Hermanson in March but took a pass, and he ended up in the Reds' camp where he got off to a hot start, faded, and was released.

One has to wonder if Gillick's renewed interest in Hermanson is due to something he saw from the former White Sox closer that impressed him, or, if it is more because of what he has seen from the Phils' bullpen depressed him.

Tom Goyne is the author of Balls, Sticks, & Stuff, a Phillies-centric site, and maintains the Phloggers' Pheeds page, a source for the latest commentary from around the "phlogosphere".



Reds Sign Dustin Hermanson

RotoWorld is reporting that the Reds signed 34 year-old reliever Dustin Hermanson to add to their stable of low-velocity veterans in the pen.  Hermanson's magical 34 save fluke season for the '05 world champs could earn him some save opps with the Reds when his back allows him to pitch (fantasy alert!)  Jerry Narron called him a "bona fide closer" earlier this month.

Past reports showed all sorts of teams (Phillies, D-Rays, Yankees) passing on Hermanson after reviewing his medical records or watching him pitch. 




Relievers Find Homes (or not)

More minor league deals:

Cliff Politte has signed with the Indians.  I would imagine he'll start the year in Triple-A, but as veteran insurance for a 11th or 12th pitcher goes, teams could do a lot worse.

Kerry Lightenberg has signed with the Reds.
  He'll also probably end up in Triple-A, and he's an example of how teams could do worse than Politte.

Dustin Hermanson tried out for several teams, but the Phillies were unimpressed.  That leaves the Reds.  If you want to do worse than Politte or Lightenberg...well, here's your man.  Wayne Krivsky, get on the phone!

By Jeff Sackmann
www.BrewCrewBall.com




Relievers Find Homes (or not)

More minor league deals:

Cliff Politte has signed with the Indians.  I would imagine he'll start the year in Triple-A, but as veteran insurance for a 11th or 12th pitcher goes, teams could do a lot worse.

Kerry Lightenberg has signed with the Reds.
  He'll also probably end up in Triple-A, and he's an example of how teams could do worse than Politte.

Dustin Hermanson tried out for several teams, but the Phillies were unimpressed.  That leaves the Reds.  If you want to do worse than Politte or Lightenberg...well, here's your man.  Wayne Krivsky, get on the phone!

By Jeff Sackmann
www.BrewCrewBall.com




Phils, Reds Considering Hermanson

According to Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dustin Hermanson will throw for teams this week.  It's likely that the Phillies will have a look at the 34 year old reliever.  Could be a sleeper for saves, for the fantasy baseball-minded.  The Reds will watch him pitch as well.

Salisbury also says:

"Schilling wants a contract extension by opening day or he'll test the free-agent market. Start those Phillies rumors."

Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber will be free agents after the 2007 season, so the Phillies will have an opening.  However, if this offseason is any indication, the Phils will have a tough time winning a bidding war.




Phils, Reds Considering Hermanson

According to Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dustin Hermanson will throw for teams this week.  It's likely that the Phillies will have a look at the 34 year old reliever.  Could be a sleeper for saves, for the fantasy baseball-minded.  The Reds will watch him pitch as well.

Salisbury also says:

"Schilling wants a contract extension by opening day or he'll test the free-agent market. Start those Phillies rumors."

Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber will be free agents after the 2007 season, so the Phillies will have an opening.  However, if this offseason is any indication, the Phils will have a tough time winning a bidding war.




Sox Brass Displeased With Jenks, Hermanson

All April Fooling aside, let's get down to some serious trade rumor business.  I just spoke with a respected White Sox source, so here's the latest info.

Seems the club's decision makers are quite vexed with both Bobby Jenks and Dustin Hermanson


Not only did Jenks show up overweight to spring training, but he still hasn't gotten into shape.  His conditioning, and not his velocity, is the point of concern here.

The Sox are incensed at Hermanson for telling them he was OK when he really wasn't.  The severe back problems could force him to retire, and he did not give the team early warning to prepare.

UPDATE:  My source just got back to me with further details on Hermanson.  He told me:

"Kenny and Ozzie called him into Ozzie's office around the first weekend of March and asked if his back condition was bad enough for them to look for a reliever. He said no.  Then a few weeks later the news came out in the papers that Hermanson would consider career-threatening surgery if the epidural shots didn't work.  When Kenny read that, it sent him over the edge."

In 2005, Jenks and Hermanson combined for 96.6 innings of 2.33 ERA ball with 40 saves.  The Sox need to replace this production somehow, and obviously Boone Logan and Matt Thornton aren't the answer.  Jenks and Hermanson have put management in a compromising position - they'll be forced to trade for a reliever in the near future.  The starting six will have to be broken up.

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