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Movie Night: Major League II


With such a boring off-season for the Cincinnati Reds I thought maybe we could watch a movie instead of trying to figure out what Walt Jocketty and the Reds will try to do to improve this ball club for this upcoming season. Some days I really wonder if Mr. Jocketty actually has a plan at all when he goes into the off-season. So, sit back and enjoy a great movie while we all wait for Uncle Walt to pull a rabbit out of his… hat.

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Major League II

Won’t Choo bring Arroyo back?


Cincinnati Reds are close to bringing RHP Bronson Arroyo back to joining the starting rotation. Many, even Walt Jocketty thought it would be very hard to get a player like Arroyo back on the team but for some strange reason not many teams have shown a lot of interest in him. One thing I like about Bronson Arroyo is the fact that you know what you are getting from a pitcher like this every single season. 200+ Innings with a great club house guy who will help the younger pitchers a lot. If the Reds can sign him to a one year deal they would add more pitching depth which is always good, especially after the season they had last year.

Another former Red who is having trouble finding a team this off-season is Shin-Soo Choo. Many teams do not want to give up a draft pick and the huge money/years that he wants. This is one of those situations where Scott Boras might have hurt himself by waiting. If the Reds could get lucky and sign him to a short term contract too it would really help the team out big time. Walt Jocketty and the Reds front office pretty much gave up on re-signing Choo but with the market disappearing maybe they will be able to get him back on a one year deal too. Santa would really be good to Reds fans this year if that was to happen.

Joey Votto wins Tip O’Neill Award for the 4th consecutive year


With all the trade rumors going around this off-season Cincinnati Reds fans sometimes forget to talk about the players who are not being traded. Like 1B Joey Votto who just won the Tip O’Neil Award. There has been a lot of talk by reporters about how people expected more out of the Reds star and I am not one of those people. I think after coming off a injury Joey Votto did great and I expect it only to get better as the years go by. With all the huge contracts signed by other teams this off-season I am very happy to have Joey Votto as the Reds main player. He will produce every year without any concern at all. Congratulations Joey Votto, you deserve it.

Here are some links to stories on this: JOEY VOTTO WINS CANADIAN BASEBALL HALL OF FAME’S TIP O’NEILL AWARD
Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto breaks record with Canadian Hall of Fame awards

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.

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