I know we’ve all been holding out hope that the Cincinnati Reds would perform an impossible feat and convince Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to bring his two-way game to the Queen City. By all accounts, Cincinnati GM Dick Williams and his team put serious thought into the offer made to Ohtani, and the Reds were determined to be a real player in the Ohtani sweepstakes.
Unfortunately, Ohtani won’t be joining the ol’ Redlegs any time soon:
The Reds and general manager Dick Williams put a lot of time and attention in efforts to recruit Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. But it appears that they are not one of the finalists to sign the two-way player.
The Reds have not commented on the multiple reports that Ohtani has narrowed his list of choices of to seven teams — the Mariners, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Angels, Rangers and Cubs.
Listen, I never expected the Reds to land Shohei Ohtani. The odds were always stacked against Cincinnati. But Ohtani allowed us to dream, because he didn’t seem to care about the size of the market, and money didn’t appear to be a motivating factor.
In the end, most of the clubs on Ohtani’s list were in bigger markets. Most were also west coast clubs, which isn’t surprising (if you consult a map of the world). But I liked the fact that the Reds were serious about pursuing this elite young talent. It permits me to dream that Cincinnati is getting closer to putting the “rebuild” in the rear view mirror.
Take this quote, for instance:
“We’re not going into this putting our toe in the deep end or testing the waters on this, we are making a full attempt to be a player in this negotiation, so we’ve had to,” Price said on Saturday during Redsfest. “The one thing we don’t want to do is make false promises. We won’t do that. We’re not going to say, ‘We’re going to do this,’ and then pull the rug out from underneath him. We have no interest in doing that.”
I don’t know what promises Price is talking about, and the Reds may have been way off the mark, in terms of what they were offering. But it’s really cold outside, and Opening Day is months away, so permit me to dream, please? I’m ready for the next stage in the rebuilding process: competitive baseball.
An interesting sidenote to this story is that CBS Sports has evidently been stealing content from blogs. Our buddy Wick Terrell, from noted Cincinnati Reds blog Red Reporter, noticed today that CBS Sports had taken his piece on the Ohtani news and posted it — word for word — without attribution at their site. That’s not cool.
CBS says it’s a technical glitch.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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