From Ken Rosenthal:
The Reds, thwarted in their attempts to land a right-handed hitting outfielder, could pursue free-agent outfielder Luis Gonzalez as a less expensive left-handed hitting option.
Gonzalez, 41, spoke for 15 minutes on Saturday with Reds manager Dusty Baker, though both sides acknowledge that Gonzalez’s agents are pushing harder than the Reds for a deal.
The Reds’ outfield currently consists of Jay Bruce in right, Willy Taveras in center and a possible platoon of Chris Dickerson and Norris Hopper in left.
The signing of Gonzalez would jeopardize the playing time of Dickerson, who made his debut last season at 26 and had a batting average/on-base/slugging line of .304-.413-.608 in 122 plate appearances.
The Reds, however, will lose veteran presence with their trade of Ken Griffey Jr. and the departure of free agent Adam Dunn. Gonzalez, who is six doubles short of 600, batted .261-.336-.413 last season with the Marlins.
“We’ve had several inquiries,” said Gregg Clifton, one of Gonzalez’s agents. “Teams are very interested in him.
“He showed last season that he could still play on an everyday basis as well as be a supporting bench player and tutor for all the young players. If not for the Marlins’ plethora of arbitration-eligible players, he would be returning to Florida.”
Ugh…that’s all I can say…ugh.