…was Designated for Assignment by the Reds today. Given his 2005 salary ($6.25M), the Reds will most likely release him.
Apparently the last straw was an obscene gesture towards a fan, but I’d also think that giving up five runs to the Indians in Sunday’s game had a bit to do with it.
Graves has been a completely different pitcher after starting 26 games for the Reds in 2003. That being said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him resurface as a competant middle reliever someone else. Of course, if his agent has an ounce of sense in him, he’d be in contact with Atlanta GM John Scheurholz by now.