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I love the MLB off-season just as much as I do the regular season and post season. And with modern technology, everyone can get in on the fun and see who goes where within minutes of the move. Here are some links that will help you keep up to track on the latest moves. Cincinnati Reds will be looking for a lead-off hitting CF, a Power right handed LF and a closer this off-season. (If they can not re-sign key players like Madson, Broxton and Ludwick.) I am not sure if Walt Jocketty will look to fill these spots through free agency but it is always an option if the price is right.
This off-season I am not even going to guess who Walt Jocketty and the Cincinnati Reds will trade. But, I will guess to how many trades they make with a nice low number of 3. I think Walt will stick to his guns of not trying to find the missing pieces through free agency and look through trades like he has done in the past. The only player I really do not want to see traded is Billy Hamilton, I really want to see this kid in a Reds uniform for his whole career. (If they can give Drew Stubbs a shot for as many seasons as they have, they should be able to afford to keep this kid on the roster.)
There are many rumors out there already about who the Reds are looking into but I will not get into them right now, because some of them are very far-fetched. (Even for the craziest of arm-chair GM’s out there.)
No matter what happens though, I will be happy with what Walt Jocketty and his staff do this off-season. They pulled of a huge trade last year in order to fill a spot which really improved (starting rotation) and I know they will do the same again this time.
First off, I am very happy Dusty Baker re-signed with the Reds, why? Because this boosted a young team to try even harder next season. This young team only know Dusty Baker. Most of the players on the team have only had one manager and after the tough postseason loss, bringing in a new manager might have really upset the players even more. They are comfortable with Dusty, and keeping players in their comfort zone (especially after the great season they had) is very important. Many will argue that bringing Dusty back was the wrong move and they have an arm’s length of reasons but I like it because the players really wanted him back. The ownership and general manager gave the players what they wanted, now it is up to the players to prove to everyone it was the right decision.
The speed of this transaction is what really impresses me the most, this could have strung out for most of the off-season like a lot of teams do, just to create sparks within the fan base and players but Walt Jocketty got it done very quickly and now they can concentrate on more important matters, like putting together an even stronger team for 2013. Many off-seasons before, it seemed like Walt used to stumble out of the gates to get things done, but this time around he had all of his ducks in order and has really impressed me early. I have a feeling this move will get him moving faster this off-season to get the players they need.
So, let the fun begin. Go Walt, Go!!!!
Cincinnati Reds General Manager, Walt Jocketty re-signed Reds Manager, Dusty Baker today to a two-year contract and I am very happy to see this happen so fast. The players really loved Dusty so this gives them something to really be happy about this off-season. Which in my mind is very good, after the very tough postseason. Now with Dusty signed, the Reds can move their interest on to other things and hopefully this quickness to get the job done will continue on during the rest of the off-season. I hope Walt Jocketty keeps the pace up and gets all the moves done as quick as he did this one.
Is this going to be another one of those trade deadlines for the Reds? Is Walt Jocketty and the rest of the Cincinnati Reds front office really content with what they have or will they pull the trigger and make the team even better? With more fans going to the park there should be some more money to spend in order to keep first place for the rest of the season. I know that many will jump in and say why jinx it by trading now? But, must I remind everyone what happened when the front office didn’t make any moves last time the Reds were hot? One or two more much-needed pieces will help push this team even higher up the rankings, plus a little competition for some position players like Drew Stubbs might help motivate them more.
So far there have been a few rumors surrounding left-handed lead off hitters but nothing solid. If the Pirates make another move to better their team before the trade deadline I think Walt will have to try to do something in order to keep up. But, those are just my thoughts.
Pssst, Walt! Make a move, I dare you.
If I had one wish from Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty it would be to trade Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey right now. I know lately I have really been picking on these two guys but I am getting very tired of seeing them play. Especially having Drew Stubbs batting first in the order again. Come on Dusty!
Now I know that it is not easy to just trade guys like this but right now I would even trade them for a player to be named later. I am really getting tired of waiting for them to step up and play to their potential. I hope that they both turn it around and play great for the rest of the year to shut me up but let’s be honest, that will never happen.
Are people still second guessing the intentions of the Cincinnati Reds Front Office? I’m not! First they re-signed Joey Votto and then Brandon Phillips all in the same year! To tell you the truth I knew something was different when Walt Jocketty signed Ryan Madson and traded for Mat Latos and Sean Marshall but many didn’t think it meant anything. All I can really say right now is; WOW!!! Thank you Bob!
If this doesn’t put fans in the stands I really don’t know what will.