Reds cut closer Graves
By Marc Lancaster
Post staff reporter
The Reds on Monday cut ties with longtime closer Danny Graves, who had run into trouble on and off the field this season.
Graves was designated for assignment, meaning the Reds have 10 days to trade him or put him on waivers, from which he could be claimed by any team. If that doesn’t happen, Graves could become a free agent.
The Reds will be on the hook for the remainder of Graves’ $6.25 million salary this year. It’s a remarkable financial concession for the traditionally thrifty team, especially coming three days after they took the same step with second baseman D’Angelo Jimenez, whose salary is $2.87 million.
Graves, 31, was 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in 20 games this season. He had converted 10 of his 12 save opportunities, but he had also allowed at least two men to reach base in 15 of his last 17 appearances. Opponents were hitting .357 off Graves, who walked 12 and struck out eight in 18 1/3 innings.
Graves was originally drafted out of the University of Miami by the Indians, but has spent the vast majority of his professional career with the Reds. He came to Cincinnati in a July 31, 1997 trade.
He twice made the National League All-Star team, including last season.
To replace Graves on the roster, the Reds purchased the contract of left-hander Randy Keisler from Louisville.
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