The Reds today traded right-handed reliever David Weathers to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for the always exciting Player to Be Named Later. Typically that player who has yet to be named tends to be someone of little consequence, but occasionally they can be someone who is locked out of a current deal because of certain requirements, such as a 2008 draftee who hasn't reached the 1-year date of his official signing, or an injured player who needs to be checked out. I'm guessing it's more a matter of the basic rules in which the Reds have chosen a set of players to evaluate and will eventually pick the acquisition from that group. Given that Weathers is a reliever, I wouldn't expect a major prospect to be included in the deal.
The departure of David Weathers leaves Aaron Harang as the sole remaining player from the Reds 2005 season. That's not Pittsburgh Pirate type turnover, but it is quite telling about this organization that they have basically recycled the entire roster and still can't win.
Despite a reputation as being a dangerous pitcher out of the bullpen for the Reds, Weathers actually has managed some very good numbers during his 4.5 year stint with the team. He was 20-23 with 61 saves in his most recent stint, posting a 3.56 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 325 games. His biggest downfall reputation-wise was his inability to go an entire outing without allowing a base runner. In those 325 games, Weathers allowed a base runner in 223 of them. For somebody regularly pitching in the 8th or 9th inning, that tends to wear on the nerves. This is mainly why most of us have been asking for a Weathers trade for the last couple of years. Eventually, if you keep playing with fire, you are going to get burned.
With Weathers out of the pen, expect to see Nick Masset move up as the primary right-handed set up man for the 8th inning.
I also suspect that we'll see Pedro Viola get the call up, unless the Reds simply pull Micah Owings off of the DL and put him in the pen. As noted in the comments, Jared Burton will be brought off of the DL to take Weathers' spot on the roster. Either way, I don't see this move as making a significant impact on the current roster, with the primary positive outcome being that the Reds save about $1.5 million.