"Izzy" threw at Great American Ballpark before Reds executives on Tuesday, and clearly the brass were impressed enough to send out an offer.
Isringhausen is best known for being one of the game's best closers from 2000-2007, all but two seasons with the Cardinals. He began his closing career with the Athletics and racked up 272 saves and a 2.81 ERA over 490 games.
Isringhausen last pitched in 2009, with a brief nine-game stint with the Rays. He posted a 2.25 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery -- this after going down in late 2008 with a torn flexor tendon.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who acquired and presided over Isringhausen while with the Cardinals, says that the club is currently waiting for a response from Isringhausen's camp.
Jocketty did caution that Isringhausen won't be an immediate savior.
"He’ll have to go through spring training," Jocketty said. "He had his surgery the same time as [Edinson] Volquez. The difference is Volquez had the luxury of working out with a team with that scrutiny. Izzie been working out on his own."
If Isringhausen, 36, is looking for inspiration on a recovery from TJ surgery at such an advanced age, he only has to look to his possible teammate in Arthur Rhodes, who went under the knife in the beginning of 2007 when 37. Rhodes made his first All-Star team in 2010 and currently has a 1.46 ERA in 37 innings.
Jocketty has been busy building relief depth by signing veteran relievers. Russ Springer was just brought into the fold, another player Jocketty acquired while with the Cardinals. Seems like a pattern emerging of Jocketty bringing back former relievers he once had on his squad.
Who's next, Dennis Eckersley?
-- Evan Brunell
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