Crickets and tumbleweeds

If you’re a Reds news hound looking for signs of Winter Meetings action and transactions, Walt Jocketty made it clear from the get-go Tuesday it wouldn’t be that type of day.

“Here’s the update: nothing,” Jocketty said. “We’ve had zero conversations with agents or clubs today. A couple of phone calls, that’s about it.

“We really just spent the day talking with our group here, seeing what else we need to do or have to do. I think we’re at the point where we really like our club, like the depth that we have with the pitching. We like the everyday lineup. Based on where our payroll is, we’ll probably go with young guys on the bench. That’s the way it’s going to be.”

Quick tidbits —

Nothing has happened today involving Joey Votto.

Club still optimistic it can re-sign Miguel Cairo and Arthur Rhodes this week.

Zack Cozart is in the mix to be a possible shortstop off of the bench.

Laynce Nix has not been ruled out for a return to the Reds. The club feels it might need more left-handed hitting for the bench besides Juan Francisco.

Ken Griffey Sr. was hired to be the manager of Class A Bakersfield. Delino DeShields was hired to manage Class A Dayton after being in Billings last season. Pat Kelly will be a roving instructor and manage Billings.

I will have more on the site later regarding the leadoff hitter search and about salary deferral.

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