Walt Jocketty has a gambling addiction
So far the Cincinnati Reds have signed Corky Miller, Chad Reineke, Sean Gallagher, Luis Atilano and Kanekoa Texeira. There are also rumors that they signed Andrew Brackman. I like the Corky Miller deal the most right now.
Most of these guys will be in AAA or AA in 2012 with one or two maybe getting a call up if the Reds get injured like they did in 2011. They are not huge moves that will break the bank and of course they are not moves that will fill the seats in Great American Ball Park either.
Some people think Walt Jocketty is very close to making a deal that will get the Reds a top of the rotation starter. While others, including myself, think they won’t do anything huge besides what they have already done. Look for more minor league contracts to players I have dubbed, ‘Players to be named later.’
Walt is a gambler! He likes to gamble on players and see if he can find a diamond in the rough. Some times that gamble does work but it does not pay off for long. (Jonny Gomes) If one of these players does shine bright I just hope Jocketty will pull the trigger and get rid of the player for good value before that shine starts to fade quickly.
While it is true, Walt Jocketty likes to gamble on signing young players, he does not like to trade away top prospects for one player and hope that gamble pays off. I really can not see him trading away three or four prospects for a starting pitcher this offseason. I can see him signing three or more starting pitching prospects that have not proven themselves at the major league level yet though. So keep your eyes on guys like Matt Torra, Mike Ballard, Ryan Edell, Dallas Trahern, Brian Baker, Chorye Spoone, Rey Gonzalez, Kyler Newby and Jose Quintana.