Reds send Weathers to Brewers
Veteran reliever rejoins team he pitched for from '98 to '01
SAN FRANCISCO -- About a half-hour before their game Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, the Reds announced they had traded veteran reliever David Weathers to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later."It gives him the opportunity to get into the pennant race," president of baseball operations and general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He did great for this organization for a number of years, both on and off the field and in the clubhouse. He'll be missed." The team informed Weathers of the transaction prior to Sunday's game, affording him the opportunity to huddle with his family. He'll report to Milwaukee for the Brewers' game Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. The right-hander pitched for the Brewers from 1998-2001 and will reunite with former Reds and current Brewers reliever Todd Coffey as well as pitching coach Bill Castro, whom Weathers referred to as one of his best friends in baseball. Weathers, 39, spent the last five seasons pitching for the Reds. This year, he went 3-3 with a 3.32 ERA. The Brewers host the Reds for a three-game series Aug. 25-27. Weathers was traded for the fifth time in his 19-year career, but that didn't make Sunday any easier.
"I really felt like this is probably where I would end my career, and I really wanted to," Weathers said of Cincinnati. "But in this game, things don't go like you want them or how you plan them."It's a good day but, to be honest with you, it's a tough day emotionally because you form a lot of bonds, a lot of trust with guys you've been with for five or six years. You just don't find that every day, especially in this game." Jocketty said he will pick the player to be named later from a small pool of available Minor Leaguers. If a decision can't be reached by Oct. 15, cash considerations will be sent from Milwaukee. With the Reds 15 games below .500 entering play Sunday, Jocketty added that he wanted to see younger players get a look the rest of the season. Weathers' departure clears a roster (and bullpen) spot for 28-year-old Jared Burton, who will finalize his injury rehabilitation with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday and likely rejoin the Reds on Monday for the start of their three-game set opposing the St. Louis Cardinals. Asked if his team could make other moves before Aug. 31, when trades must be completed to have players eligible for postseason play, Jocketty quipped, "Not today."
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.