The baseball winter meetings are taking place this week in Phoenix. With all 30 general managers in attendance, it’s a great time for unfounded rumors and rank speculation, as well as solid reporting, concerning the Reds. Highlights from the last 24 hours:
Walt Jocketty says the reports on the health of Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Sean Marshall are goodÃ‚Â (Rosecrans).
The Reds areÃ‚Â close to announcing Kevin Towers will join the front office (Rosecrans).
Trading a Starting Pitcher
Numerous reports from baseball executives are circulating that the Reds are willing to discussÃ‚Â (Passan)Ã‚Â and listening to offersÃ‚Â (Heyman)Ã‚Â on their starting pitchers. But Walt Jocketty says plainly that Johnny Cueto is as close as there isÃ‚Â (Rosecrans) to untouchable. Reds would have to be absolutely overwhelmedÃ‚Â (Heyman) to deal Cueto. The feeling is Cueto is likely to stayÃ‚Â (Passan)Ã‚Â with the Reds. Trading Cueto would be a big step backÃ‚Â (Rosenthal). This is an indication the Reds will look to extend CuetoÃ‚Â (Bowden).
Latos, Leake and Simon, for various reasons, wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bring anything near what Cueto wouldÃ‚Â (Heyman). The Reds are willing to trade Mike Leake, Mat Latos or Alfredo Simon because with Tony Cingrani, Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen and Ben Lively, the organization has several young, cheap armsÃ‚Â (Passan). [I’d add Rasial Iglesias to that list.].
The Reds will need to spend on offenseÃ‚Â (Rosenthal) if they want to compete next season.
Walt Jocketty acknowledges that Nori Aoki and Michael Morse are on the list of possible LF, but notes the Reds arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t limited to them. Offense is first priority. Trades are in play.(Rosecrans)
The Phillies are in sell mode. Outfielder Marlon Byrd might be a match with Cincinnati. (Salisbury)
Wick Terrell at Red Reporter adds Alejandro De Aza to the list of outfielders who might interest the Reds. De Aza may be the odd man out for the Orioles if they can resign Nick Markakis.