I think the Cincinnati Reds should hire another front office employee this off-season. A Public relations person who can deal with the press instead of Walt Jocketty. I am really getting tired, as a fan, of reading that the team has no solid solutions yet and it seems like every time there is a rumor Walt comes forward and shoots it down as meanly as he possibly can. I will say this, I don’t know what it is like to try and make deals and have the press and fans blow the rumors out of whack, but I do know an old saying that maybe Mr. Jocketty should try once and awhile, ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ Cutting down the press because they were excited about the Nori Aoki rumor is just bad business. Fans want to know and from the sounds of it, that is a huge market of fans that now will not be following the Reds because of maybe something the GM said. Bad business sir! Now of course we all know Walt Jocketty was not hired for his bedside manner but this is just getting silly! Telling fans that there is no hope is not going to put fans in the stands next season sir!!!!! So someone please get Walt a juice box and let’s get someone else talking to the press from now on.
Letting the fans dream about great players being signed or traded in the off-season is part of what makes being a fan so much fun! And if you want us, the fans!!!! to stop bad mouthing you, then I suggest you let the reporters do their jobs and stop giving them such a hard time and do your job, find the players the team needs in order to win!!!
Reds added players to their 40 man roster today and now the trade rumor gates have opened again. And I am loving it! Even if it is off the wall like Jay Bruce to the Padres. At least it is something! I for one do not want to see the Reds selling but if they can bring in players that can help this season and be controlled at a cheaper cost so then the Reds can re-sign someone like Johnny Cueto, I am all for it. Don’t get me wrong, Jay Bruce is a great player but if it was down to Cueto or Bruce I would pick Cueto hands down.
The thing that is odd for me though is that the trade rumor is for the Padres. Why would they want someone like Bruce in PetCo Park? It just sounds strange. Sure Bruce has only played 17 games there so the sample size is bad but its PetCo Park! I can not see Bruce doing to well there or in that division to be honest. But, once again it sure is nice to see the Reds being talked about during the off-season. And when I think about this rumor I seriously can’t see Ken Rosenthal getting the rumor from the Reds front office.
Jay Bruce’s career at PetCo Park
Split G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS SDP-PetCo Pk 17 67 7 12 3 0 2 5 .179 .247 .313 .560
Just when Reds fans thought the whole Reds front office went on holidays they go and make a move! Nothing like being one of the last teams out of the gate on getting ready for the Rule 5 Draft, but I am happy to see something was done. Both of these young players are important pieces in the Reds future.
I have found another quote about the Stanton deal with Miami and the Reds / Votto deal. I don’t have much to add to this but that I still think Joey Votto will turn it around and make the most out of that deal. But as a fan we just have to look at these huge deals and shake our heads. Not many usually turn out great for the team or more importantly, the fans.
“Stanton turned 25 earlier this month. If, against the odds, he plays out the contract as it’s currently structured, he’ll be 37 when it ends. Compare that to other mega-contract ending ages: Alex Rodriguez will have turned 42 by the close of his current 10-year contract. The Angels will be paying Albert Pujols through his age-41 season. Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera will be 40 in the final guaranteed seasons of their deals, and Joey Votto will have turned 40 before the Reds’ obligation is up. Stanton signed the longest contract ever, and he’ll still be significantly younger when it’s over than the players you probably thought of when you mentally compared Stanton’s contract with others of a certain size.” Source
Cincinnati Reds are still holding all of their off-season secrets very close to their vests. Which, as a Reds fan we have gotten very used to over the past few years. So when someone mentions the Reds in the news I am usually all over it, because let’s be bluntly honest, there is not much really going on with the Reds this off-season. Even the rumors are blah! I was searching through articles and found something that amused me so I thought I would share it.
“clubs have had to gulp and swallow hard just to stomach the idea of $200 million contracts (hello, Cincinnati and Joey Votto, who agreed to $225 million over 10 years, and Seattle and Robinson Cano, who made a deal for $240 million over 10 years). This Stanton deal makes the Reds and Mariners look like Walmart greeters.” Source
And that my friends is how slow the Reds off-season is right now. Come on Walt, do something crazy! Show these guys the Reds are not Walmart greeters!
I feel I must apologize to all of the #Reds fans that follow me on twitter. Lately I have been re-tweeting and tweeting about all MLB transactions this off-season. And to tell you the honest truth, it is all because the past few off-seasons I have not really had much to tweet about with Reds transactions. GM Walt Jocketty has kept his moves (if any) close to his vest for so many seasons, I can’t even run with a dream story and try to get Reds fans hopes up without every one (myself included) saying ‘Ya, Right!’ We all know even a player like Nori Aoki is not on the Reds radar, even after reporters saying ‘Walt said…’ I would not be surprised if in the next month Jocketty tells reporters they are going to look internally for a LF bat, coughHeiseycough.
Now, please don’t read into this as me being upset with the Reds. That is not true. I understand how it works and some deals just can’t get done, no matter how good you are. I just wish Walt and the front office would do something to show us they are even in the office! And this is not the first time I have wrote this. It seems every off-season I write the comments ‘Is Walt even in the office?’ or ‘Why do the Reds even send guys to the Winter Meetings?’ And I know I am not being fair to these hard working employs who do a lot of behind the scenes work that I will never know about as a fan and for that I am sorry. But, wow! This is another very slow off-season for the Reds.
So to get back on track, thank you to those that are following me on twitter and for not getting upset that I am not tweeting about the Reds. Trust me, if there was news about the Reds I would be all over it and tweeting about it like crazy. But until then, you will see tweets like:
And if you are one of those people that say, ‘You should go looking for the stories about the Reds like a good reporter would.’ I am not a reporter, I am just a fan who likes to read rumors and watch teams go crazy during the off-season along with the fun of watching all of those transactions take shape during the season.
Every Reds fan should check this article out. It is always good to know who is on the farm system especially after the injury prone season the Reds had. There are some great young players listed in this write up so please take some time and check it out.
There were rumors today that Yasmany Tomas has a few teams very interested in signing him. Usually when a player like this is mentioned I ignore it and move on, because I am a Reds fan and I know there is no way someone like Tomas would be brought to the Reds. Walt Jocketty would never go after a player like this, right? Well, today for some strange reason I ignored my hunch and thought I would dream a little after reading Latest On Yasmany Tomas
Could the Reds be one of the Dark horses? As a Reds fan when ever I see “Very unlikely” teams I think they are talking about my team. Walt Jocketty has a very small window of opportunity this season due to many players’ contracts. I know deep down there is no way, but as a baseball fan it sure is nice to dream that something like this is possible for your team. Even when reporters shoot it down right away you still want to have a little hope that they are wrong for once.
I did a 2014 Rookies WAR / pos search today and found Billy Hamilton and Kristopher Negron. Hamilton I expected to see. Negron was a shocker but after watching him play and reading rumors of the Reds wanting him on the roster next season I can see why now.
Rk Name Yrs From To WAR/pos G AB R H HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Debut Age 1 Jose Abreu 1 2014 2014 5.5 145 556 80 176 36 107 3 1 .317 .383 .581 .964 Mar 31 2014 27 2 Danny Santana 1 2014 2014 3.9 101 405 70 129 7 40 20 4 .319 .353 .472 .824 May 5 2014 23 3 Ender Inciarte 1 2014 2014 3.7 118 418 54 116 4 27 19 3 .278 .318 .359 .677 May 2 2014 23 4 Kevin Kiermaier 2 2013 2014 3.7 109 331 35 87 10 35 5 4 .263 .315 .450 .765 Sep 30 2013 24 5 Billy Hamilton 2 2013 2014 3.2 165 582 81 148 6 49 69 24 .254 .297 .359 .656 Sep 3 2013 23 6 Kristopher Negron 2 2012 2014 2.2 53 148 21 40 6 17 5 0 .270 .333 .473 .806 Jun 7 2012 28 7 Chris Owings 2 2013 2014 2.2 111 365 39 97 6 31 10 1 .266 .309 .403 .712 Sep 3 2013 22 8 Mookie Betts 1 2014 2014 2.1 52 189 34 55 5 18 7 3 .291 .368 .444 .812 Jun 29 2014 21 9 Jose Ramirez 2 2013 2014 2.0 83 249 32 66 2 17 10 2 .265 .307 .353 .661 Sep 1 2013 21 10 George Springer 1 2014 2014 2.0 78 295 45 68 20 51 5 2 .231 .336 .468 .804 Apr 16 2014 24
Always good to see the scouts picking up more left handed pitching for the Reds.
Originally posted on The AustralianBaseballDigest:
There would be those who would say that it was only a matter of time before lefty Travis McDonald was signed to a pro contract. He has been in the sights of the scouts since his first appearance at the MLBAAP academy as a 16yr old. He’s tall and throws from the left and has a good variety of pitches. As one prominent scout in Australia once said “if they are left handed and they have a pulse then we are interested in them” so it stands to reason that he was heavily scouted.Despite generating considerable interest from MLB clubs as a junior with NSW and as a member of the Australian Team that won a silver medal in 2010 Travis went the college route playing in 2010 & 2011 for Central Arizona [Josh Spence’s old…
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