HOUSTON -- A fleet of relievers remains on the market, should the Reds and general manager Walt Jocketty want bullpen help. But the search isn't as much on the front burner now that veterans Russ Springer and Jason Isringhausen were signed to Minor League deals in the past week. Jocketty isn't very pleased with the market for relievers anyway as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches. "It's still ongoing," Jocketty said Friday by phone from Dayton, Ohio. "Those guys are very good protection if we don't get somebody. But there's uncertainty because both guys haven't pitched this year, and Isringhausen is coming off elbow surgery. We feel pretty confident that both can help us." Isringhausen met Triple-A Louisville in Gwinnett, Ga., on Friday after he agreed to his deal on Thursday. Springer has allowed one hit over four scoreless innings in four games since he joined the Bats.
Multiple teams have made it known that they are shopping some of their relievers -- including the Indians' Kerry Wood; the Royals with Kyle Farnsworth; the Blue Jays with Jason Frasor, Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg; and the Pirates with D.J. Carrasco and Octavio Dotel -- just to name a few. "We'll continue to look at other people, though. I like to hedge my bets," Jocketty said.