2013 Reds / Reds - General

No News is Not News

Still waiting to see if the Reds do anything this week other than re-sign players from last year. Here’s a new thread anyhow.

Apparently the Reds have “genuine” interest in Jack Hannahan, according to John Fay:

The Reds have talked to Jack Hannahan. He hit .244/.312/.341 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 318 at-bat for Cleveland last year. He played mostly third, but he also played seven games at shortstop. He can first base as well. He’s a 32-year-old, left-handed hitter. The Reds need bench help.

Who-hoo.

81 thoughts on “No News is Not News

  1. Wooooooo…

    /Crickets chirping/

    I still like Keppinger at 3/12.

    Also, apparently the Reds have reached out to Homer Bailey about an extension. Latos is expected to be next. Big news day, huh?

  2. I think the Ludwick deal is done, but they’re holding off on an announcement until Redsfest. If it’s only 2 years, it’s a win for the Reds regardless of the money.

    Next up, extensions for our two horses. That’s a must-do.

    Final 3 things-

    1. Find a backup middle infielder. Anyone not named Valdez. Keep Didi in AAA.

    2. Watch the relief pitching market. It tends to tank as we approach spring training, and there are some good values to be had. Ugh, that get me back to the Broxton deal.

    3. Pray Rolen REALLY enjoys spending time with his family. HRod will stay healthy and can play 2B as well.

  3. PLEASE ROLEN RETIRE

    You’ve had a good run, but there comes a time when you need to hang your cleats up. That time has come.

    Fay says that Rolen is still undecided on whether or not he’ll retire.

  4. Uh… yeah. Hannahan’s background at short isn’t much better than Frazier’s. “He’s played there before, and his pants might not fall down around his ankles out there…”

  5. @rhayex: If he’s healthy enough to play every third day and pinch hit every game…I don’t know how you couldn’t want him. Big if. I hope he’s still hungry and wants to come back. I think he means a lot to Votto and Phillips and his patient approach at the plate is something in short supply on this Reds team.

  6. At least Hannahan seems like an improvement offensively over Willie Harris and Mike Costanzo as a lefty off the bench. He’d probably guarantee the end to Miguel Cairo’s time with the Reds and make it even less appealing for Scott Rolen to return. I doubt they’d consider using Hannahan as a shortstop if they’ve been unwilling to use Frazier there.

    Key to Hannahan: He makes it less likely that some of the least-popular players will return. Hopefully the Reds can sign him. Or sign Eric Chavez.

  7. Hanna-who?

    Next are the Reds trolling area soft ball leagues for bench material?!

    I will be discouraged if the Reds only move is Ludwick. Not very discourage, but definitely discouraged. :o

  8. I don’t mind Rolen on the team if he is clearly in a back-up role. He can still play D. He’s marginally adequate with the bat as a back-up/pinch-hitter. Against tough lefties, he can start at 3rd and Frazier can give Votto a day off at 1st. Look at it this way: he’s better than the Valdez/Cairo-type the Reds are certainly going to have at least one of.

    The problem is I don’t trust Dusty to handle him properly if he’s on the team.

  9. That one is doubtful. It originated as an ESPN article about possible trade destinations for Ellsbury. As far as I know, nobody’s reported that there’s any actual discussion between the Reds and Red Sox.

  10. Why the hell would the Reds trade Cueto? Olney is insane if he thinks the Reds would give them the time of day for offer if they’re asking for Cueto. Really, any of the big 3- Cueto, Latos, Chapman. Bailey or Leake I could see.

  11. To be “fair” to Olney: he didn’t say Cueto would be the piece, but his summary of what the Reds would look like after an Ellsbury trade omitted Cueto.

  12. Ellsbury just has one more year of team control before free agency. He’s in basically the same situation as Shin Soo Choo. That means (1) the Reds wouldn’t have to part with an important piece like Cueto for one year of any player, (2) the concern about cost that came with names like Bourn, Victorino etc. isn’t there because it’s just a one year contract. Ellsbury won’t make that much more than the Reds are offering Ludwick.

    Maybe the Reds could send Bronson Arroyo back to Boston. He’s another player with one year under contract.

    Seriously, I doubt the Reds would even give up Mike Leake for one year of Ellsbury. Maybe.

    But John Fay is tweeting the Reds can’t afford Ellsbury’s contract – I don’t agree with that at all. The Reds may not want to pay the price in players to make that trade, but they can take on Ellsbury’s expected salary, which is about $8 million.

  13. Isn’t this Ellsbury’s walk year? Or do I have him confused with someone else? IF so, I’d give them Leake…that’s it. Or Stubbs and Corcino. For a one year guy, no more than that.

  14. Olney says maybe the Reds do the trade for Leake and Cingrani. That’s a lot of pitching (mostly years) to give up for one year of a player. Ellsbury has a gold glove and can lead off. A few years ago he stole 70 bases, but nothing near that since then. He was hurt most of last year and 2010. In 2011 he hit .321/.376/.552 with 32 home runs and 32 SB. He’s left handed. No guarantee you get the 2011 Ellsbury. Although you can be sure he’d be highly motivated in his contract year.

    Would you trade Leake and Cingrani for one year of Ellsbury?

    • Would you trade Leake and Cingrani for one year of Ellsbury?

      NO!!! Leake, yes. But not Cingrani.

      What about the Marlins CF Justin Ruggiano. Nobody mentions him. He’s 32 though. Last year he had .313BA, .374 OBA, .909 OPS, 288AB’s, 90H, 13HR, 23 Dbl, 36 RBI, 38 R, 14 SB, .330 vs. LHP, .305 vs. RHP, .313BA at home, .312BA on the road. He can also play LF.

  15. Ellsbury had a stonkin’ 2011, but he spent a good chunk of 2010 and 2012 hurt, didn’t he?

    Not somebody I’d give up a lot for one year of, I don’t think .

  16. @Steve Mancuso: Psyche!

    And, no. The Sox are looking to deal Ellsbury because they’re after Swisher. I think they’d take one or the other, plus a lesser minor leaguer. And if not, let somebody else take the risk. We saw the downside of a one-year signing of an injuy-prone guy last year.

    • @Steve Mancuso: Psyche!

      And, no.The Sox are looking to deal Ellsbury because they’re after Swisher.I think they’d take one or the other, plus a lesser minor leaguer.And if not, let somebody else take the risk.We saw the downside of a one-year signing of an injuy-prone guy last year.

      Who? Ryan Ludwick?

      I sure hope you aren’t referring to Ryan Madson, because he was in pristine health prior to blowing his elbow out. I’ll be honest, I’m getting tired of people ripping the Madson signing. It was a ridiculously good signing at the time, and there was no way anyone could’ve known how it turned out. The fact the Reds did it speaks of their commitment and creativity when it comes to improving the team, neither if which are traits that should be criticized.

  17. Give up either Leake or Cingrani (preferably Leake), and some outfield depth: Stubbs, Heisey, couple of lower level players (Jock can find a balance). Anything more for only one year of team control for a player with a lengthy injury history is just simply too much.

  18. Ellsbury would be a huge gamble – MVP caliber season in 2011 sandwiched between disappointing 2010 and 2012 seasons. He’s far from a sure thing, and I think he earns too much cash for them to gamble on. If he was a sure thing who they could count on to have a good year – like Alex Gordon – maybe he’d be worth that money.

    If the Reds give up a good young pitcher and Ellsbury repeats his 2010 or 2012 season it suddenly becomes one of the worst Reds trades in the past decade. If he replicates his 2011 season we’ll be wondering if he was really worth so much pitching just for one year. Veto.

    Steve, I think Bronson Arroyo has implied that he wants to stay with the Reds and would veto any trade, even back to Boston. The Red Sox team that he remembers is gone with new players, coaches, a manager, and new GM. And the Red Sox already betrayed him years ago by shipping him out of town in exchange for a scrub (Wily Mo Pena). If he wants to play for a contender he has a better chance to do so with the Reds than the Red Sox. In summary, I wouldn’t bet on Arroyo going anywhere until he’s a free agent.

  19. Except in the case of relievers, the players in the free agent market seem to be either overpriced or underwhelming.

    I thought we were looking to trade from depth (one of our shortstops, Mike Leake) in order to grab a talented player. Kind of like how we traded from depth in order to get Mat Latos. Is this no longer on the table?

    • Except in the case of relievers, the players in the free agent market seem to be either overpriced or underwhelming.

      I thought we were looking to trade from depth (one of our shortstops, Mike Leake) in order to grab a talented player.Kind of like how we traded from depth in order to get Mat Latos.Is this no longer on the table?

      As far as trading away shortstop, Dee Gordon might be available – if he gets traded it’ll be interesting to see what his team gets in return. If he doesn’t bring much then Didi Gregorius’ value might be less than we (as fans) hoped.

      Trading starting pitching, I think it’s a question of how committed they are to the Chapman to the rotation experiment. If Jocketty is all for it Bailey or Leake is expendable. If Jocketty expects Chapman to return to the bullpen the Reds would need Bailey and Leake. If Bailey and Leake both report to Reds spring training I don’t think the Reds are any more committed to switching Chapman to the rotation than they were in the past.

      The Mat Latos trade centered around two (nearly) major league ready hitting prospects, and having extra good hitters to trade away is no longer an issue. An interesting spin on the Mat Latos deal is that trading away so much to add a young arm (Latos) makes it unlikely that the Reds will give up other young arms (Bailey, Leake, Cingrani, Corcino, Robertson, Travieso) that they cherish so much. If they didn’t see good young pitching as important to future success they wouldn’t have acquired Latos. Trading away Homer Bailey, a guy so similar to Mat Latos, doesn’t necessarily fit with those goals. It’d be interesting to know what the Reds are thinking.

      I still wonder what the Reds can get for Todd Redmond. I still think he’s a trade chip rather than somebody likely to earn a roster spot. He was acquired for a utility infielder and hopefully he can be traded for a better one.

  20. @rhayex: I was in fact referring to Madson. But I was not bashing the signing – I thought it was a good one, too. And implying he was “injury-prone” probably wasn’t fair. But he did go down, unforeseeable as that might have been, and $8mil that could have been spent elsewhere went with him. Taking a similar risk on someone with Ellsbury’s history is, well, risky.

    • @preach:

      The Reds sign Jack Hanna?!? Sure, he runs a heck of a zoo…..

      You’d think so, but advanced metrics show he’s only a mediocre zoo keeper. Gets a lot of buzz for the tv apperances and whatnot, Animal Planet loves the daylights out of him. All Hanna all the time. But there’s a market to exploit in ivertabrate specialists. Very underappreciated, high payoff. That’s where I’d spend my money if I were the Reds.

      • @preach: You’d think so, but advanced metrics show he’s only a mediocre zoo keeper. Gets a lot of buzz for the tv apperances and whatnot, Animal Planet loves the daylights out of him. All Hanna all the time. But there’s a market to exploit in ivertabrate specialists. Very underappreciated, high payoff. That’s where I’d spend my money if I were the Reds.

        That’s awesome!

        Plus, the numbers bear out that with few exception, zoo keeping abilities begin to deteriorate after age 65. At 68 years old, it is way too risky to expect Jack Hannah to be able to maintain this level of zoo keeping throughout his contract. I’d give him a one year flyer at best, with a club option if he outperforms.

  21. A problem I see with Jack Hannahan is that some people might confuse him with Joel Hanrahan. Weird names but very similar. Similarly difficult to spell correctly (I mean, so many people call Ryan Hanigan Hannagan or something after all this time). IF the Reds sign him I hope nobody gets excited as a result of confusing the two players.

    One is a star closer, another is a backup corner infielder and lefthanded pinch hitter. Unlike Alex Gonzalez and Alex S Gonzalez, who were basically the same player with the same name.

  22. Reds latest offer was rejected by Ludwick.

    I think this means they pull out and focus on other outfielders. Ludwick wants too much, and I’m pretty sure this was a final offer.

    • Reds latest offer was rejected by Ludwick.

      I think this means they pull out and focus on other outfielders. Ludwick wants too much, and I’m pretty sure this was a final offer.

      Hey, I think I’m the person here who is the most opposed to signing Ryan Ludwick to an extension, so it’s not like I’m holding out hope that he’ll sign. I haven’t found anywhere anything about Ludwick rejecting their offer. I think he’s just delaying until Redsfest – it’s nice to have something interesting to present – to formally announce anything and I have little doubt anymore that he’ll return to the Reds. If he doesn’t sign by Redsfest I suspect the Reds will move on.

      That said, hopefully he gets more money elsewhere while the Reds are forced to trade for a quality leadoff hitter to play LF.

      • Hey, I think I’m the person here who is the most opposed to signing Ryan Ludwick to an extension, so it’s not like I’m holding out hope that he’ll sign. I haven’t found anywhere anything about Ludwick rejecting their offer. I think he’s just delaying until Redsfest – it’s nice to have something interesting to present – to formally announce anything and I have little doubt anymore that he’ll return to the Reds. If he doesn’t sign by Redsfest I suspect the Reds will move on.That said, hopefully he gets more money elsewhere while the Reds are forced to trade for a quality leadoff hitter to play LF.

        What makes you believe that there is this “quality” leadoff guy out there to get via trade?

        • What makes you believe that there is this “quality” leadoff guy out there to get via trade?

          MLBTradeRumors mostly. An article today reporting that Shin-Shoo Choo is ‘very available’ was a big booster. Recent stories that the Alex Gordon’s Royals are willing to trade hitters for young pitching (and the Royals’ well publicized search for free agent starting pitching help) has also seemed promising.

          Both of those teams want young pitching and the Reds have six major league ready starting pitchers, not including Cingrani and Redmond. And guys like Corcino and Lotzkar. The Reds have what the Royals and Indians want and that seems to me like the logical basis of a trade.

        • What makes you believe that there is this “quality” leadoff guy out there to get via trade?

          ding ding ding. Seriously, the Reds have been crying about getting a “leadoff guy” for years (since Barry Larkin retired?). The old school, conventional leadoff hitters don’t exist anymore.

          That doesn’t mean the Reds can’t improve their team. Their first couple hitters were so pathetic that it shouldn’t be hard. Of course, the manager is going to put the fastest guy on team 1 or 2, so there’s that.

        • ding ding ding.Seriously, the Reds have been crying about getting a “leadoff guy” for years (since Barry Larkin retired?).The old school, conventional leadoff hitters don’t exist anymore.

          That doesn’t mean the Reds can’t improve their team.Their first couple hitters were so pathetic that it shouldn’t be hard.Of course, the manager is going to put the fastest guy on team 1 or 2, so there’s that.

          There might not be many old school, conventional leadoff hitters anymore but there are still a quality leadoff hitters available. The primary names that I (and some other people) keep bringing up are Shin-Shoo Choo (.389 OBP leading off last season) and Alex Gordon (.379 OBP leading off last year). Neither is a pro-typical leadoff guy who plays CF and steals 50 base but they are both great hitters and extremely tough outs. In 2012 amongst MLB leadoff hitters with over 300 ABs in that role Choo and Gordon were second and third, respectively, for OBP. That’s what I want in a leadoff hitter. Both are being shopped for young pitching, which the Reds have in excess – and the Reds only need to work out a trade with one of the two teams.

          The old school conventional leadoff hitters may return to Cincinnati with Billy Hamilton. But he’s not here yet. In the meantime there are quality leadoff guys available from Indians and Royals teams that matches up well for a trade.

          What’s different about this winter from other years? The teams trading good leadoff hitters both want pitching. This is the first time in a decade that the Reds have had quality pitchers or pitching prospects to give up (mediocre guys like Travis Wood and Edinson Volquez weren’t valuable). Every other year the Reds have been the ones begging for pitching.

          I agree that the manager will consider asking the fastest guy to leadoff if speed remains the only skill that any Reds leadoff hitter can offer. I think he’ll overlook speed in favor of a guy who can hit like Gordon or Choo.

  23. We often exaggerate the value of “young pitching” that doesn’t have proven success in the major leagues. Tony Cingrani may end up having a better career than Mike Leake, but Leake has proven he can do it across an entire major league season. Right now, Leake is more valuable.

    • We often exaggerate the value of “young pitching” that doesn’t have proven success in the major leagues. Tony Cingrani may end up having a better career than Mike Leake, but Leake has proven he can do it across an entire major league season. Right now, Leake is more valuable.

      Leake is also much closer to salary arbitration and eventual free agency. Cingrani is younger, a lefty, and affordably under team control for longer.

      I think Leake will be more appealing to a team that desperately needs rotation help immediately if they hope to contend (like the Royals) while Cingrani would appeal more to a team that is further away from contention (like the Twins, who dealt Denard Span for a highly regarded single A pitcher who is years away from MLB). I think who is more valuable depends on what the team is looking for.

      I’d definitely rather trade Leake than Cingrani. Why? If Chapman enters the rotation they have no need for Leake for next season, and as a long term solution he’s likely to be surpassed by other guys (particularly Cingrani). If Cingrani pitches well in AAA he could quickly be deserving of a rotation spot.

  24. I am worried that, by total accident, Hannahan will be sent out to catch an inning, with hilarious consequences.

  25. No need for a sixth starter? I wouldn’t plan on going all season without a starting pitcher injury like we did last year. Having Leake there in case someone gets hurt is important. Also, he might be a valuable long reliever because he can hit. And Arroyo only has one more year.

    All that said, I’d be willing to trade him in the right deal. But too many people make it sound like he’s completely expendable. He’s a proven major league starting pitcher with three years of team control remaining. That’s a lifetime for a pitcher. One reason the Reds signed Redmond was to be able to trade Leake (or Bailey).

    You may be right that Cingrani could be ready to fill in, but he’s 100% unproven as a major league starter.

  26. Well, it’s not really impressive, but if you’re talking bench players, I think anyone with an OPS over .500 is an improvement over last year. I just can’t survive through another season of Valdez and Cairo getting 194 and 150 AB, with a .463 and .492 OPS respectively.

    Some .653 OPS off the bench sounds magical in comparison.

  27. People keep screaming sorta for the Reds to get a “leadoff” hitter. Was “not” having a top notch leadoff hitter the reason we blew it against the Giants? I mean cause overall in the season I think the Reds did okay without one.

    • People keep screaming sorta for the Reds to get a “leadoff” hitter.Was “not” having a top notch leadoff hitter the reason we blew it against the Giants?I mean cause overall in the season I think the Reds did okay without one.

      Most importantly there were people screaming every day last season that the Reds didn’t have a quality leadoff hitter. You know how Dusty Baker was frequently accused of being guaranteed to ruin any young pitcher’s career? Well, that argument completely vanished in 2012. I’d like accusations of his inability to write out a lineup to vanish in 2013, and the most important step is adding a leadoff hitter to the roster.

  28. @Steve Mancuso:
    In my opinion Tony Cingrani had such an impressive season last year between single A and AA (1.73 ERA in 146 innings with 172 strikeouts) that he deserves serious consideration for a rotation spot if he pitches well in spring training (I mean, we can reevaluate if he does badly…). Sending him to AAA is a formality rather than something that is going to help him a lot. At the moment he’s blocked, relegated to 7th starter behind Chapman, Bailey, and Leake.

    Leake is valuable as a inexpensive young inning eater. I think he can only lose trade value by moving to the bullpen. His best selling point isn’t high quality pitches, a 100mph fastball, or ‘closer stuff’ – it’s innings pitched (and maybe win totals or his hitting). Also, keeping both Bailey and Leake around does not imply that the Reds are serious about the Chapman experiment – it suggests Chapman is returning to the bullpen unless a starter gets hurt.

    Todd Redmond, I think he’s completely expendable. They got him for Paul Janish, if they can trade him away for a slightly better utility infielder it’s a success. With Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon the Reds already have enough mediocre AAAA starters/long relievers (not to imply that they haven’t pitched well out of the Reds’ bullpen) on the pitching staff.

    • Between Victorino and some of the other signings, I don’t blame Walt a bit if he sits on his hands during the meetings. Something will shake out later this month or in January. There is no need to overpay (either in salary or players) at this point.

      Blanton gets 2 years and 15 million…he deserved an invite to spring training tops.

      • Between Victorino and some of the other signings, I don’t blame Walt a bit if he sits on his hands during the meetings.Something will shake out later this month or in January.There is no need to overpay (either in salary or players) at this point.

        In my opinion Jeff Keppinger’s contract is the only thing so far in the winter meetings close to a reasonable deal that one could argue that the Reds might have missed out on.

        • Keppinger’s contract does seem to be a good deal. Also, I would have probably sent Corcino or Stephenson to Minnesota for Span.

          In my opinion Jeff Keppinger’s contract is the only thing so far in the winter meetings close to a reasonable deal that one could argue that the Reds might have missed out on.

  29. I’d forget about Gordon. It just isn’t going to happen. And Choo if the Reds sign Ludwick.

    I think one year of Ellsbury is now more likely than either Gordon or Choo.

    • I’d forget about Gordon.It just isn’t going to happen.And Choo if the Reds sign Ludwick.

      I think one year of Ellsbury is now more likely than either Gordon or Choo.

      About Alex Gordon, whether or not it’s realistic I believe depends on how the Royals do with free agent starters. They’re supposedly trying to sign Dempster, Marcum, Derek Holland, Anibal Sanchez, and trade Wil Myers for James Shields. It’ll take a few days or weeks to find if their efforts have been successful… or if they’re still desperate for starting pitching. Waiting for the market to settle down, again.

      I’ll be happy for the end of the winter meetings and all the news stories.

  30. And those odds are longggggg.

    I’m preparing for a mediocre pickup and going into the season with a Heisey/Stubbs platoon.

  31. I’ve been digging deeper into the career of Jack Hannah and the more I dig the more I don’t like him for Cincinnati. While his career at the Columbus Zoo has been solid, it has never reached the level of success he had at the SanDiego Zoo. His appearences on Letterman have become less frequent and more scatter-brained. I don’t think people realize how important Johnny Carson was to his success. If Cincinnati were to sign him, it would obviously give us that big name splash, but I fear there wouldn’t be much sustance behind it. I pass.

    • Plus, regardless of how he performs, we know Dusty will keep running him out there.

      I’ve been digging deeper into the career of Jack Hannah and the more I dig the more I don’t like him for Cincinnati. While his career at the Columbus Zoo has been solid, it has never reached the level of success he had at the SanDiego Zoo. His appearences on Letterman have become less frequent and more scatter-brained. I don’t think people realize how important Johnny Carson was to his success. If Cincinnati were to sign him, it would obviously give us that big name splash, but I fear there wouldn’t be much sustance behind it. I pass.

  32. Dusty is nothing if not old school, which explains all the emphasis on lions and tigers – which is problematic when modern analysis methods clearly show that ocelots and pumas pay bigger dividends.

    But Dusty played with Barnum and Bailey.

    • But Dusty played with Barnum and Bailey.

      I wish I had thought of that. Good stuff guys. Preach… excellent set up.

  33. With Revere in Philly and fewer and fewer open CF jobs, is it possible that Bourn has been Madson’ed? . . . If so, would Walt bite for a one/two year deal? . . .

  34. He’s not. Rangers, Red Sox, etc. will offer him deals.

    Position players are harder to sign on the cheap than pitchers, particularly relief pitchers.

    Reds didn’t take anyone in the Rule 5 draft, and they didn’t have anyone taken. The official MLB site listed Tim Crabbe as one of the top 5 Rule 5 prospects.

  35. “Rule 5 activity: None in the Major League phase, and no unprotected players were lost. In the Triple-A phase, the Reds added shortstop Michael Gilmartin from the Athletics and left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick from the Royals. They lost third baseman Marquez Smith to the Rangers.”

    Reds Rule 5 activity via Mark Sheldon of the Reds official MLB page.

    • “Rule 5 activity: None in the Major League phase, and no unprotected players were lost. In the Triple-A phase, the Reds added shortstop Michael Gilmartin from the Athletics and left-handed pitcher Ryan Dennick from the Royals. They lost third baseman Marquez Smith to the Rangers.”

      Gilmartin is 24 and hasn’t exceeded High A ball. He will be a solid SS for whichever minor league club needs him.

      Dennick is 25 and finished at AA last year. Below average numbers except a solid K rate. I am guessing he is a potential loogy.

      • Gilmartin is 24 and hasn’t exceeded High A ball. He will be a solid SS for whichever minor league club needs him.Dennick is 25 and finished at AA last year. Below average numbers except a solid K rate. I am guessing he is a potential loogy.

        The Reds have to keep the players they drafted at least on the triple A club. I assume they could make the major league roster, but if they weren’t drafted in that part of the Rule 5 draft, I doubt they’ll make it this year.

  36. @Drew Mac: Yes, except a qualified offer means he will cost the team a draft pick to go with that 1 year contract.

    What is the latest on Berkman? The thought of a flier on him to play OF and hit cleanup seems worth it. 1-2 years on Ichiro would make me ecstatic at this point, forget Ludwick.

    • What is the latest on Berkman?The thought of a flier on him to play OF and hit cleanup seems worth it.1-2 years on Ichiro would make me ecstatic at this point, forget Ludwick.

      I Reds value defense and I’m under the impression that Berkman is likely to become the Astros’ new DH, or a 1b. I really doubt hes’ moving back to the outfield at this point.

      I wouldn’t want Ichiro signed for over a year at this point – he’s old and clearly on the decline. He’d have to come cheap and I expect he’ll stay in a more publicized market. Has anyone in Japan ever heard of Ohio or Cincinnati?

  37. I wasn’t expecting the Reds to pick up anybody in the Rule 5 draft with the 29th pick. Maybe if they were near the top.

    So, Revere was traded for what was probably the Phillies’ equivalent of Leake and Cingrani. That’s another leadoff hitting centerfielder off the board. It makes it harder for the Reds to find a leadoff hitter if they extend Ludwick. I also really doubt that Michael Bourn will drop into the Reds’ price range.

    Kevin Youkilis has a $12m, 1 year contract offer from the Yankees and supposedly a 2 year, $16-18m contract offer from another team. It’s always nice to see good hitters go to or stay in the AL.

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