Baseball’s Winter Meetings started yesterday in Orlando. We’ll update Reds-related rumors from today on this thread. Check back during the day. If you see a report we haven’t included yet, post it in the comments and we’ll add it.
Starting with a couple reports from the West Coast:
10:25 pm (12/11): This column by Susan Slusser, a terrific baseball reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, lists Adam Duvall as a player the Oakland A’s have interest in, along with other outfielders.
11 pm (12/11): Yesterday, the San Francisco Giants were linked to interest in Billy Hamilton and Duvall. Chronicle reporter Henry Schulman suggests that the development of Giants prospect Steven Duggar in the Fall League makes acquisition of a centerfielder, like Hamilton, less necessary. San Francisco may look for a short-term “caretaker” CF to hold the job until Duggar is ready, possibly the 2018 season.
To me, that sounds like a reason the Giants won’t sign Lorenzo Cain to a pricey 3-year contract. Billy Hamilton has two more seasons before he’s a free agent.
10 am: It’s Luis Castillo’s birthday. Reminder of a trade that went pretty well for the Reds last January.
RT to help us wish Luis Castillo a very happy birthday! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/rfSv4zDApY
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) December 12, 2017
11 am: Zach Buchanan tweets that a team asked about Nick Senzel.
12:30 pm: Guess we’ll have to settle for news on former Reds for now. Jon Heyman reporting that several teams interested in Jay Bruce, who is a free agent. Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners among them. I figured Cleveland would try to get Bruce back. Teams looking for power at corner outfield could trade for Adam Duvall and get a younger, less expensive player.
1:05 pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Yankees looking for 2B. Preferably not expensive and hits LH. Scooter Gennett is a perfect fit for that. Sherman also reports in a different tweet that clubs believe the Marlins will trade both OF, Ozuna and Yelich.
2:10 pm: Serious question, would you trade Nick Senzel straight up for Christian Yelich? Yelich is under contract through 2021 plus a $15 million team option in 2022 (age 30 season).
2:15 pm: Ken Rosenthal says Reds continue to draw interest on OF. Clearing a spot for Winker, which makes sense.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2017
3:15 pm: BREAKING: Talks between Reds and Giants regarding Billy Hamilton are “serious” and could be finished this week. Other teams, including Rangers still involved. Zach Buchanan with the big scoop. See separate thread.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.