It sounds like it will be another off-season of “We can’t afford free agents so we will look for what we need with trades.” But that does not mean we (Reds fans) can’t dream. Here is a list of the free agents. Of course we all would love to see Shin-Soo Choo return. Who else would you like to see playing in Cincinnati if they had the money?
Age From Team Carlos Beltran 37 STL Todd Helton 40 COL Lance Berkman 38 TEX Roy Oswalt 36 COL Miguel Tejada 40 KCR Placido Polanco 38 MIA Rafael Furcal 36 STL Robinson Cano 31 NYY Eric Chavez 36 ARI Curtis Granderson 33 NYY Kevin Youkilis 35 NYY Mark Ellis 37 LAD Paul Konerko 38 CHW Brian Roberts 36 BAL Carlos Pena 36 KCR Michael Young 37 LAD Travis Hafner 37 NYY Mark Kotsay 38 SDP A.J. Pierzynski 37 TEX Justin Morneau 33 PIT Jhonny Peralta 32 DET Shin-Soo Choo 31 CIN Brian McCann 30 ATL Raul Ibanez 42 SEA Mike Napoli 32 BOS Juan Pierre 36 MIA Lyle Overbay 37 NYY Carlos Ruiz 35 PHI Corey Hart 32 MIL Marlon Byrd 36 PIT Brendan Ryan 32 NYY Jacoby Ellsbury 30 BOS Franklin Gutierrez 31 SEA Kelly Johnson 32 TBR Omar Infante 32 DET Chris Young 30 OAK Jerry Hairston 38 LAD Juan Uribe 34 LAD Clint Barmes 35 PIT Austin Kearns 34 MIA Stephen Drew 31 BOS Nick Punto 36 LAD Luke Scott 36 TBR Kurt Suzuki 30 OAK Reed Johnson 37 ATL David Murphy 32 TEX Nelson Cruz 33 TEX James Loney 30 TBR Kelly Shoppach 34 CLE Kendrys Morales 31 SEA Andres Torres 36 SFG John McDonald 39 BOS Mark Reynolds 30 NYY Ramon Santiago 34 DET Rajai Davis 33 TOR Chad Tracy 34 WSN Cesar Izturis 34 CIN Mike Morse 32 BAL Jason Kubel 32 CLE Javier Lopez 36 SFG Yorvit Torrealba 35 COL Nate McLouth 32 BAL Endy Chavez 36 SEA Jose Molina 39 TBR John Buck 33 PIT Skip Schumaker 34 LAD Chris Snyder 33 BAL Dan Johnson 34 BAL Matt Diaz 36 MIA Alexi Casilla 29 BAL Jarrod Saltalamacchia 29 BOS Chris Dickerson 32 BAL Dioner Navarro 30 CHC Delmon Young 28 TBR Willie Bloomquist 36 ARI Humberto Quintero 34 SEA Quintin Berry 29 BOS Adron Chambers 27 STL Brayan Pena 32 DET Brandon Snyder 27 BOS Munenori Kawasaki 33 TOR Corky Miller 38 CIN Yuniesky Betancourt 32 MIL Ronny Cedeno 31 SDP Felix Pie 29 PIT Wil Nieves 36 ARI Brock Peterson 30 STL
Age From Team Roy Halladay 37 PHI Andy Pettitte 42 NYY Tim Hudson 38 ATL Mariano Rivera 44 NYY Johan Santana 35 NYM Roy Oswalt 36 COL Bartolo Colon 41 OAK Barry Zito 36 SFG Freddy Garcia 37 ATL Chris Carpenter 39 STL Dan Haren 33 WSN Josh Johnson 30 TOR A.J. Burnett 37 PIT Bronson Arroyo 37 CIN Joe Nathan 39 TEX Darren Oliver 43 TOR Francisco Rodriguez 32 BAL Aaron Harang 36 NYM Ubaldo Jimenez 30 CLE Erik Bedard 35 HOU Scott Kazmir 30 CLE LaTroy Hawkins 41 NYM Scott Baker 32 CHC Octavio Dotel 40 DET Gavin Floyd 31 CHW Hiroki Kuroda 39 NYY Rafael Betancourt 39 COL Jake Westbrook 36 STL Paul Maholm 32 ATL Ervin Santana 31 KCR Matt Garza 30 TEX Matt Thornton 37 BOS Carlos Marmol 31 LAD Jeff Francis 33 COL David Murphy 32 TEX Joaquin Benoit 36 DET Scott Downs 38 ATL Joe Saunders 33 SEA Chris Capuano 35 LAD Bruce Chen 37 KCR Jason Marquis 35 SDP Jesse Crain 32 TBR Daisuke Matsuzaka 33 NYM Ricky Nolasco 31 LAD Jamey Wright 39 TBR Zach Duke 31 CIN Mike Gonzalez 36 MIL Grant Balfour 36 OAK Luis Ayala 36 ATL Oliver Perez 32 SEA Matt Guerrier 35 CHC John McDonald 39 BOS Joba Chamberlain 28 NYY Phil Hughes 28 NYY Jason Vargas 31 LAA Jason Frasor 36 TEX Kyle Farnsworth 38 PIT Jason Hammel 31 BAL Brian Wilson 32 LAD Pedro Feliciano 37 NYY Colby Lewis 34 TEX Eric OFlaherty 29 ATL Kevin Gregg 36 CHC Mike Pelfrey 30 MIN Javier Lopez 36 SFG Joe Smith 30 CLE Jeremy Bonderman 31 DET Fernando Rodney 37 TBR Frank Francisco 34 NYM Joel Hanrahan 32 BOS Roberto Hernandez 33 TBR Ramon Ortiz 41 TOR Skip Schumaker 34 LAD Peter Moylan 35 LAD Rich Hill 34 CLE Chad Qualls 35 MIA Ryan Vogelsong 36 SFG Scott Feldman 31 BAL J.P. Howell 31 LAD Nick Masset 32 CIN Edinson Volquez 30 LAD Jeff Karstens 31 PIT James McDonald 29 PIT Edward Mujica 30 STL Jose Veras 33 DET Clayton Richard 30 SDP David Aardsma 32 NYM Kameron Loe 32 ATL Boone Logan 29 NYY Matt Albers 31 CLE Chad Gaudin 31 SFG Tim Byrdak 40 NYM Mark Lowe 31 WSN Zach Phillips 27 MIA Travis Blackley 31 TEX Greg Reynolds 28 CIN Manny Parra 31 CIN
Cincinnati Reds general manager, Walt Jocketty for the first time with the Reds has said something I never thought he would ever say, “nobody is untouchable.” This quote makes me smile big time and hopefully it sends the right message to the players on the Reds. [Source]
This quote is in reference to the rumors of Brandon Phillips being traded. Walt stated that he had not talked to anyone yet but he also said, “nobody is untouchable” which I am sorry to keep repeating it but sounds so good right now. It means they are tired of the crap and are head hunting. 90 wins is not a good enough excuse anymore!
I still think Phillips will be dealt, even with Walt saying he had not talked to anyone. I also think they will be trading other players too this off-season. It should make for a very busy time for the front office and for Reds fans. With the manager spot already filled by Bryan Price, it is time to get ready for the cleaning to begin. I predict things to be happening as soon as they can make moves.
Rumors are starting and I wanted to let this one sink in before I posted my thoughts on it. Brandon Phillips for Dan Uggla! At first I almost cried, then I thought I should look into it more before I judged such an idea. So, this is what I found on Mr. Uggla.
Dan Uggla Career Stats:
Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS 2006 26 FLA NL 154 611 105 172 27 90 .282 .339 .480 .818 2007 27 FLA NL 159 632 113 155 31 88 .245 .326 .479 .805 2008 28 FLA NL 146 531 97 138 32 92 .260 .360 .514 .874 2009 29 FLA NL 158 564 84 137 31 90 .243 .354 .459 .813 2010 30 FLA NL 159 589 100 169 33 105 .287 .369 .508 .877 2011 31 ATL NL 161 600 88 140 36 82 .233 .311 .453 .764 2012 32 ATL NL 154 523 86 115 19 78 .220 .348 .384 .732 2013 33 ATL NL 136 448 60 80 22 55 .179 .309 .362 .671 8 Yrs 1227 4498 733 1106 231 680 .246 .340 .458 .798 162 Game Avg. 162 594 97 146 30 90 .246 .340 .458 .798 FLA (5 yrs) 776 2927 499 771 154 465 .263 .349 .488 .837 ATL (3 yrs) 451 1571 234 335 77 215 .213 .323 .404 .727
Dan Uggla in National League Central Division Ball Parks:
Split G AB H HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS CHC-Wrigley Fld 25 89 24 4 13 .270 .364 .449 .814 CIN-GreatAmer BP 27 98 29 10 21 .296 .389 .663 1.053 MIL-Miller Pk 27 95 23 2 7 .242 .339 .368 .708 PIT-PNC Pk 22 77 23 4 10 .299 .382 .494 .876 STL-Busch Stad 3 20 77 25 5 16 .325 .411 .597 1.009
I still am not sure if Dan Uggla is the answer for the Cincinnati Reds but Walt Jocketty loves to bring in players who are struggling and watch them power their way to better careers in Great American Ball Park. This could be the case again if the Reds do make this trade.
“We are not going to rush into anything,” Jocketty said on Tuesday. “We probably won’t do anything until after the World Series. I’m not going to rush just to get it over with.” – Source
I knew it was coming but I did not expect it to be said during the hunt for a new manager. Walt Jocketty needs to find a new saying, and quick!!! If I was the owner of the Cincinnati Reds I would be getting very sick of hearing my General Manager saying that every off-season.
I have seen a few blogs already start an off-season check list for the Cincinnati Reds so I thought I would join the fun and list what I think the Reds should do this off-season.
1. Sign a rough and tough manager who does not want to be buddies with the players. Pitching Coach Bryan Price would be great but I am not sure he is going to be mean enough right now and the Reds need a guy that will stir up the hen-house!
2. Trade Johnny Cueto. After seeing the way he handles playoffs and after him being injured the whole season maybe it is time to see what you can get for him.
3. Make Ryan Ludwick a bench player. This off-season the Reds should be looking to get a better solution at LF. If they are going to keep Todd Frazier at 3B they will need more pop coming out of the LF spot. A Right handed bat that will go in between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Moving Ludwick to the bench would then move Chris Heisey out!!!!! He should have been in the deal with Drew Stubbs to tell you the truth.
6. Let him steal! Get Billy Hamilton in CF and let him play a whole season as the lead off hitter.
7. Sign cheap catcher depth. I have a feeling the Reds are going to be needing more catcher depth if they want to continue making the playoffs. Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan got beat up this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love Corky Miller, but having a few more pro ready catchers could really help this team next season.
8. **** Fire Walt Jocketty! If at any time Walt says, “I don’t want to make a move just to make a move.” this off-season I think the owners should say, “You’re FIRED!” and get someone who will make moves to better the team. As far as I know, the Reds are in it to win it! So that means, getting players that will WIN IT!!!!
Cincinnati Reds fired Dusty Baker!!! Should more moves be done? Yes!!! Walt Jocketty should be next! (You never gamble a season away on hurt players, especially players who were hurt the whole season!! Expecting them to play to their potential in a one game playoff game is just dumb!) And Johnny Cueto! (You should not be smiling and joking around after being pulled from a one game playoff game sir!!!) And the list goes on.
I am just a fan so I don’t have a real say in the matter but if I was the owner I would be going NUTS! Fire sale NUTS!!!! Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker would have been fired before the plane landed back in Cincinnati. Johnny Cueto would be traded to Miami or Houston and others would be soon to follow. Then I would hire the most pissed off manager I could find and let him go crazy on the rest of the players for the whole season!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Reds and am really not that bitter about the loss, I just wanted to let you know what I would do if I was the owner. So, just losing Dusty Baker is pretty good if you look at it like that. Will it be enough? I hope so. I really hope these “BOYS” wake up and realize that making the playoffs is one thing, winning the whole damn thing takes a hell of a lot more than just showing up!
Friday, April 5, 2013 at Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds beat Washington Nationals 15 – 0. Reds had 19 hits, 6 of them were home runs. Todd Frazier had two home runs and went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs. Zack Cozart hit two home runs and went 2 for 4 with 5 RBI and 2 runs. Xavier Paul hit a pinch hit grandslam and Shin-Soo Choo hit a home run going 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs. Joey Votto went 3 for 4. Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 and Jay Bruce went 2 for 5.
The only reason I mention this game today is because I see another game like this happening very soon in the Reds near future. A lot of fans and baseball people expect a day like this to come for the Reds very soon. When it comes I will be front and center ready to enjoy the show! Bring it on!