There are two reasons for Affeldt to have a target on his back this week. Not only is he a left-handed reliever, he's playing under a one-year, $3 million contract and will be a free agent after the season."That's what happens when you sign a one-year contract with any team, regardless of the scenario or why you signed," Affeldt said. "There's always that chance. They have no ties to you after the season, and you have no ties to them. If you don't fit, there's probably a good chance [of being traded]. Even if you did fit and they felt they could be better in the long run, sometimes that's why you get traded. You can have a guy for a couple of years rather than a couple of more months." While there were some rumors regarding Affeldt and some other players earlier this summer, it's been mostly quiet lately with the Reds. The Yankees eliminated one potential home for Affeldt last week when they acquired Damaso Marte from the Pirates. Although the Reds entered the night six games under .500 at 50-56, general manager Walt Jocketty has not seemed pressured to unload veterans. Affeldt's 54 appearances entering Monday led the Reds. He is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA, with 10 of his 30 inherited runners scoring. His ERA is 2.93 over the previous 14 games. "It's not disappointing. It's part of the business," Affeldt said of the potential of being traded. "Once you sign here, you come to pitch here. Everything else is out of your control. You can't control front-office moves."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less