With free-agent relievers in high demand, the right-hander had more than a few options to consider, but the Tennessee resident decided that he wanted to remain with Cincinnati."We weighed in heavily on San Francisco. They gave us a lot to think about," Weathers said. "But at the end of the day, you look at your family and you're looking at them getting on a flight for five hours, it's just not worth it." Weathers, who had a 3.54 ERA and 12 saves in 67 games in '06, will be in the mix for the closer's role and can also set up. Staying put: Reds catcher David Ross can afford to get comfortable at his first full Reds camp. That's a contrast to his past two springs when he was traded in the middle of a camp. Two years ago, he was dealt from the Dodgers to the Pirates. Last March, he came to the Reds from the Padres. "It's nice to feel like you're going to stay down here," Ross said. "The last two Spring Trainings, I've left in middle of spring. This time, I'll be around and stay and hopefully they won't ship me out of here." That's highly unlikely. On Jan. 15, Ross was signed to a two-year, $4.54 million contract with a $3.5 million club option for 2009. For the first time in his career, Ross has job security and heads into the season as Cincinnati's primary catcher. Ross is also savoring another first -- he became a father on Feb. 4, when his wife, Hyla, gave birth to a baby girl. Landri Brook Ross wasn't due until Feb. 23, but she arrived healthy. The baby's early arrival gave Ross a chance to have some quality family time before going to camp. The rest of the family will rejoin him in a few days. "I snuck down here, and I'll get a couple nights of sleep," Ross said. "It's the best experience I've had in my life. You don't know that you can love something that much." Ross isn't the only new dad in the clubhouse. During the offseason, Kyle Lohse's wife delivered a new baby son named Kameron, and Harang's wife had a daughter named Addison. Coming up: Following morning physicals, pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on the field on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Every pitcher and catcher is expected to be present and accounted for.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.