On January 31st, 2006, the Reds signed Rick White to a 1-year contract worth up to $900,000 if he reaches incentives (it's worth nothing that this move was among the last prior to Krivsky's hiring). They hope he will be a stabilizing force in middle innings out of the pen. Thus far, he has been up and down, and lately more down than up. When White is pitching well, the Reds' bullpen has three capable right-handers (White along with Coffey and Weathers) that can guide the Reds through the second half of ballgames. The Reds need that sort of performance to help make up for their inconsistent starting pitching.
For additional biographical information (with a humorous slant), please see Red Hot Mama's profile on Rick White in her Human League feature.
Historical Statistics (for explanations of all the statistics used on this page, please see the Baseball Statistics Quicksheet in the sidebar)
'03 to '05 Splits:
Whether he'll be able to maintain this good fortune (and I'm guessing that's mostly what it was) this season is questionable. Early returns, unfortunately, are not good. White has already, in only 16 innings given up more home runs (4) than he did in 75 innings last season (3). It's still possible that he could turn in a solid season for us, but my feeling is that he's headed for something closer to the PECOTA25 prediction, which is well below that of replacement level. Given his historical lack of effectiveness against right-handers, my strong preference would be to give more of the middle-inning situations to Matt Belisle to see if he can regain his form. Eventually, I'd probably recommend White's release in favor of someone from the farm system. However, with Ryan Wagner imploding at AAA, the only plausible replacements might be someone like Mike Burns or Jason Standridge, neither of whom seem to offer much of an improvement. Perhaps Balfour will return from his injury soon...
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Baseball Prospectus '06 Annual
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Hardball Times '06 Annual