Go get Graves

One day after flipping off Reds fan in the ninth inning against the Indians, former Cleveland pitcher Danny Graves has been designated for assignment by Cincinnati. Graves, the Reds’ full-time closer for six of the past seven years, allowed five runs in one-third of an inning Sunday and, after getting pulled by manager Dave Miley and walking off the field Sunday, he yelled at and flipped off a Reds fan sitting next to the dugout who’d started heckling him.

Graves has been awful this year (10 saves with a 7.36 ERA and a .357 BAA), but the Indians should be the first team looking to sign him. I wouldn’t let him close — we’ve already got a shaky closer — but I think he’d be a great middle/late inning guy to add, someone who could go from the fifth to the eigth if you needed him to, or someone who could give you one good inning. Let’s not forget that he used to be a starter for the Reds, albeit not a terribly good one, so it wouldn’t be a big deal if Wedge needed to stretch him out to three or four innings every once in a while.

Graves is an experienced arm who can help in several different roles and, with his Cleveland connection, you’ve got to think he’d at least be mildly interested in joining the Indians’ bullpen.

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