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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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Sorry embed code did not work. LOL Go to the link to watch the movie.
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.
#reds telling teams now homer bailey isn't available . theyre concerned about SP depth. arroyo could help there
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2013
bronson arroyo sweepstakes is down to reds, twins & 2 others. twins also talking to pelfrey.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 14, 2013
The Cincinnati Reds have told Bronson Arroyo that they'll offer him a one-year deal.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013
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.
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.
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.
The Cincinnati #Reds say they're quite interested in 2B Omar Infante, but they obviously need to find a taker for Brandon Phillips, first.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 12, 2013
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.
Walt said he was disappointed they didn’t get more done at meetings #Reds
— ctrent (@ctrent) December 12, 2013
Walt also said they thought they had a deal on the backup SS, but it fell through. said it’s still on checklist but ‘on back burner’
— ctrent (@ctrent) December 12, 2013
Walt also said Phillips talks were initiated by other teams #Reds
— ctrent (@ctrent) December 12, 2013
#reds leaving town. Jocketty said nothing was close. Will have more later. If something does happen suddenly, we are on same flight
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) December 12, 2013
Cincinnati Reds general manager, Walt Jocketty told reporters that he has talked to 2B Brandon Phillips and told him trade talks are now over. Jocketty said, “We’re a better team with him.”
I have read that this could be because of how much Jacoby Ellsbury got from the Yankees, which reflects what Shin-Soo Choo should get close to in free agency. Which of course is way too much for the Reds to even think about, even if they did trade Phillips. Jocketty also said that Aroldis Chapman will be their closer.
Jocketty on Brandon Phillips: "I talked to him yesterday, I told him that we are not in any talks to trade him, we're a better team w/ him"
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2013