From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The Reds declined a $4.55 million option on right-hander Ramon Ortiz on Friday and turned down their $2 million mutual option with infielder Rich Aurilia.

Ortiz, who gets a $175,000 buyout and is eligible for salary arbitration, was 9-11 with a 5.36 ERA in 30 starts last season.

Aurilia, who gets a $150,000 buyout, batted .282 with 14 homers and 68 RBI last season. He becomes eligible for free agency.

On Thursday, outfielder Jacob Cruz, who hit .236 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 110 games last season, filed for free agency.

The Reds also added to their scouting staff, hiring Jim Pransky, who had been in the Oakland organization.

I could see no reason to bring Aurilla or Ortiz back and hiring another scout always seems to be a good thing.

6 Responses

  1. LVW

    One 2ndbaseman I would be interested in is Orlando Hudson of Toronto. He is a tremendous defensive player and has some pop. If the Jays decide to go with Aaron Hill at 2nd; I think Hudson would be someone worth pursuing. Plus the FA field at 2nd is weak.

  2. Jim McCullough

    So is the scout tired of the Moneyball of doing things or are the Reds looking to become more Moneyball-oriented?

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    Part of Oakland’s strategy, as outlined in Moneyball, was to become less reliant on scouts, whose opinions are not necessarily consistent and are susceptible to sample-size misjudgements. Perhaps this guy hopes to gain a little more responsibility in the Reds organization.

    Seems to me there’s a big difference between scouting potential amateur draft picks, and scouting minor-leaguers (either your own or playing in other organizations). I wonder where the new guy fits in.

  4. EricTW

    I honestly think that if the Reds are considering spending money on anything this offseason besides starting pitching, they’re spending it in the wrong place. I like Hudson, but he would be WAY down on the priority list.

  5. LVW

    Husdson would be a trade acqusition; not a FA signing. I merely mentioned Hudson in response to upgrading the defense and per the discussion about 2nd base(which wouldn’t be my #1 priority either).

  6. Larry Thompson

    I worked with Jim Pransky during his days as an Astros scout. I was his associate in Maryland, also known as a bird dog. Cincy is very lucky to get Jim Pransky! He has a great eye for talent and an even better sense of character in a player. He helped fill Houston’s minor leagues with tremendous talent, and did the same for the A’s. He was trained by the dean of scouts, Mr. Gerry Craft. I see good things in the Red’s future!