What is under the Christmas Tree this year Walt?


It is that time once again when Cincinnati Reds fans wait to see what happens after MLB Winter Meetings. The last two years have been good to us around this time with trades for Shin-Soo Choo, Mat Latos and Sean Marshall. What will be under the Christmas tree this year for Reds fans? Only time will tell and I am very excited to see what happens next.

There have been a lot of rumors lately with 2B Brandon Phillips being traded. Along with RHP Homer Bailey (which Walt Jocketty shot down saying they were trying to re-sign him, not trade him.) Aroldis Chapman has even been thrown into some of the trade rumors, along with Sean Marshall. Brandon Phillips was in the New York Yankees trade rumor where the Reds would get OF Brett Gardner for Phillips straight up but the Yankees turned down that deal wanting to hold onto Gardner for a starting pitcher.

Reds have been rumored to be very interested in free agent 2B Omar Infante which would lead to a Brandon Phillips trade coming soon, or would it? Some say Infante would play 3B or OF. There is also another rumor going around that Matt Kemp would come to the Reds for Homer Bailey and Brandon Phillips. But I would not put too much thought into that one due to the fact that Kemp would cost more money then Phillips which would then put the Reds and Walt Jocketty in even worse shape financially. There were also rumors of Bronson Arroyo being signed back to the Reds but Walt Jocketty told reporters right away that he just wanted to sit in with Arroyo’s agent and see where they were with contract talks and thought he owed it to Arroyo to at least listen due to what he has done for the Reds. Jocketty also told reporters that the Reds had to move on with trying to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo which makes sense due to the contract he is looking for with his agent Scott Boras.

If Cincinnati Reds do trade Brandon Phillips it will be for a one year rental OF player where they then will spend the money owed to Phillips to signing Homer Bailey to a big contract extension. They then would go after Omar Infante (if they could afford him) and a backup switch hitting middle infielder.

Phillips / Infante


With the new rumors about Cincinnati Reds very interested in 2B Omar Infante, many are waiting for Brandon Phillips to be traded to another team. With Defense being the obvious difference between these two guys I wanted to share their career stats so then you can take a look and maybe compare them.

Brandon Phillips Career Stats:

                                                                       
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   AB    H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2002    21 CLE  AL   31    8   3  1   0   4   3   6 .258 .343 .419 .762
2003    22 CLE  AL  370   77  18  1   6  33  14  77 .208 .242 .311 .553
2004    23 CLE  AL   22    4   2  0   0   1   2   5 .182 .250 .273 .523
2005    24 CLE  AL    9    0   0  0   0   0   0   4 .000 .000 .000 .000
2006    25 CIN  NL  536  148  28  1  17  75  35  88 .276 .324 .427 .751
2007    26 CIN  NL  650  187  26  6  30  94  33 109 .288 .331 .485 .816
2008    27 CIN  NL  559  146  24  7  21  78  39  93 .261 .312 .442 .754
2009    28 CIN  NL  584  161  30  5  20  98  44  75 .276 .329 .447 .776
2010    29 CIN  NL  626  172  33  5  18  59  46  83 .275 .332 .430 .762
2011    30 CIN  NL  610  183  38  2  18  82  44  85 .300 .353 .457 .810
2012    31 CIN  NL  580  163  30  1  18  77  28  79 .281 .321 .429 .750
2013    32 CIN  NL  606  158  24  2  18 103  39  98 .261 .310 .396 .706
12 Yrs             5183 1407 256 31 166 704 327 802 .271 .320 .429 .749
162 Game Avg.       627  170  31  4  20  85  40  97 .271 .320 .429 .749
                                                                       
CIN (8 yrs)        4751 1318 233 29 160 666 308 710 .277 .327 .440 .766
CLE (4 yrs)         432   89  23  2   6  38  19  92 .206 .246 .310 .556

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2013.

Omar Infante Career Stats:

                                                                      
Year   Age  Tm  Lg   AB    H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
2002    20 DET  AL   72   24   3  0  1   6   3  10 .333 .360 .417 .777
2003    21 DET  AL  221   49   6  1  0   8  18  37 .222 .278 .258 .536
2004    22 DET  AL  503  133  27  9 16  55  40 112 .264 .317 .449 .766
2005    23 DET  AL  406   90  28  2  9  43  16  73 .222 .254 .367 .621
2006    24 DET  AL  224   62  11  4  4  25  14  45 .277 .325 .415 .740
2007    25 DET  AL  166   45   6  1  2  17   9  29 .271 .307 .355 .662
2008    26 ATL  NL  317   93  24  3  3  40  22  44 .293 .338 .416 .755
2009    27 ATL  NL  203   62   9  1  2  27  19  28 .305 .361 .389 .750
2010    28 ATL  NL  471  151  15  3  8  47  29  62 .321 .359 .416 .775
2011    29 FLA  NL  579  160  24  8  7  49  34  67 .276 .315 .382 .696
2012    30 TOT MLB  554  152  30  7 12  53  21  65 .274 .300 .419 .719
2012    30 MIA  NL  328   94  23  2  8  33  12  42 .287 .312 .442 .754
2012    30 DET  AL  226   58   7  5  4  20   9  23 .257 .283 .385 .668
2013    31 DET  AL  453  144  24  3 10  51  20  44 .318 .345 .450 .795
12 Yrs             4169 1165 207 42 74 421 245 616 .279 .319 .402 .721
162 Game Avg.       559  156  28  6 10  56  33  83 .279 .319 .402 .721
                                                                      
DET (8 yrs)        2271  605 112 25 46 225 129 373 .266 .305 .399 .704
ATL (3 yrs)         991  306  48  7 13 114  70 134 .309 .353 .411 .763
MIA (2 yrs)         907  254  47 10 15  82  46 109 .280 .314 .404 .717

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2013.

#Reds interested in Omar Infante


I don’t know what to say to this one, so I will just sit back and see what everyone else says. First I will repeat what it says then I will let it sink in for a bit. “Reds say they’re quite interested in 2B Omar Infante, but they obviously need to find a taker for Brandon Phillips, first.” One quick comment; this goes back to what I said before about Walt Jocketty and the Reds focusing more on offense instead of defense this off-season.

Walt Jocketty disappointed they did not get more done during Winter Meetings


MLB Winter Meetings are over for the Cincinnati Reds and once again Walt Jocketty and the front office go home “disappointed” Many of us knew the Reds would probably not do much during the meetings but a lot of us were hoping things would be different this time around. There were lots of rumors but from what I saw on twitter, most of the rumors were coming from other teams. And when the rumors came out Walt Jocketty was quick to squash them along with any hope of making the team better. Time will only tell if this Winter Meetings was a waste but from what I am seeing so far it does not look to promising. Walt and his front office could not even land his mystery switch hitting SS bench player. Sometimes I really wish he would not try to surprise everyone and just come out and tell reporters what he is doing. This holding stuff close to the vest thing is getting real old, real quick.

#Reds Rule 5 Draft results


Cincinnati Reds had a full 40 man roster going into the Rule 5 Draft so they did not do anything. AAA portion though saw some results where Reds picked up a RHP and lost an OF. Reds got Mikey O’Brien from the Yankees and lost Theo Bowe to the Nationals.

Rule 5 Draft


I will be listening to the rule 5 draft today. I know Cincinnati Reds have said that they will not be doing anything in it but I still want to see what other teams do. Here is the link if you were wondering. And there is still no more news on Brandon Phillips trade.

Brandon Phillips for Brett Gardner??


Rumors are flying around on twitter right now that New York Yankees declined a trade offer from Cincinnati Reds which would send 2B Brandon Phillips for OF Brett Gardner. I thought I would add the main tweets to start off then come back to this later and voice my thoughts on it. I am predicting Walt Jocketty will wake up tomorrow and be swarmed by reporters where he will say he never talked to the Yankees about such a deal.

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