Reds, Gomes waiting it out
The holding pattern between the Reds and Jonny Gomes is continuing. There has been no advancement in talks as the opening of Spring Training draws near.
“It’s the same as it was before,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said
On the phone from Goodyear, Ariz., Jocketty sounded like the team was moving forward with its plans, with or without Gomes in the fold.
“We think we will get everyone in camp, meet with everybody and then decide if we need to do something else,” Jocketty said. “He’s also exploring other situations. We’ll see next week.”
There are 17 outfielders still on the free agent market — including Jermaine Dye and Johnny Damon are the biggest names. But Garret Anderson, Cliff Floyd, Endy Chavez and Marlon Anderson are among the others on the next tier — I wouldn’t be surprised that if one of them signs and establishes what’s left of the market, Gomes might then make his decision.
The Reds have no plans to bring in any other free agents if Gomes doesn’t sign.
Meanwhile, Jocketty said the all was well out west.
“It’s beautiful. Temperatures are in the 70s and there’s not a cloud in the sky,” he said. “On Monday, we’ll get the ofifce up and running. On Tuesday, I will get with my staff and on Wednesday, I will meet with Dusty and the coaches and get our strategy planned out.”
Camp opens with the first workout for pitchers and catchers on Thursday.
And for those that were wondering the other day, Kip Wells will be added to the mix for the fifth spot of the rotation battle. Wells agreed to a Minor League deal a couple of days ago.
“We told him at the end of last year that if nothing else happened for him elsewhere, we’d bring him back,” Jocketty said. “He did well for us at the end of the season.”
Wells, signed to a Minor League deal in July, became a fill-in starter for the Reds late in the season and was 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in four September starts.
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