Alonso trying third base, outfield

Many have wondered what would happen to Joey Votto when Yonder Alonso reaches the big leagues since both are good young hitters and of course, both play first base.

In an effort to see if can be versatile, the Reds have had Alonso working out lately at third base, left field and right field.

“It doesn’t matter where I play as long as I play,” Alonso said. “As long as I get a shot and prove to the guys I can play there. In my head, I know I can play. I just want to get my shot.

“I’m doing everything, and they’re trying everything, so I can go up there.”

Right now, it’s just a trial run for Alonso. He’s still primarily working out at first base.

“We just wanted to expose him to some different positions and see if he feels comfortable,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ll see how it goes. If it goes well enough, we’ll put him in some games at different positions. It would just make him more valuable to us if he can play other places.”

Lots of speculation has involved Votto being moved to left field when Alonso is ready for his promotion. Jocketty dispelled that notion.

“It will take some time to figure it out,” he said. “That’s why we want to see him at different positions. He’s got a great bat and Joey is going to be at first base for a long time. I don’t see moving Joey.”

More on this later today on MLB.com/Reds.com

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2 Comments

Mark,

What is Alonso’s contract situation in the future since he signed a major league deal upon being drafted? How does that work in regards to things such as options and arbitration?

Alonso still gets three options and the last one (I believe) will be used up after this spring. As for arbitration, it would work the same. After his fifth year, he would have one more year of arb. eligibility.

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