Reds had interest in Bartlett

And your 2010 Winter Meetings are over.

Outside of the re-signing of Miguel Cairo, it was supremely quiet on the Reds front. It appears they did have interest in trading for SS Jason Bartlett but the Rays moved him to the Padres in a deal that hasn’t been made official yet.

“In the end we decided against it,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “I didn’t want to give up the players and I didn’t know how big of an upgrade it was.”

Expected to make $5 million and seeking an extension, Bartlett was also quite a bit more expensive than Paul Janish, who is near the big league minimum. I agree with Jocketty that Bartlett wasn’t a better solution than Janish for shortstop. 

There has been no movement towards the re-signing of LHP Arthur Rhodes as well.

The Rule 5 Draft came and went without the Reds picking a player and for the first time I can remember, they did not lose a player either.

And now comes the day taxi drivers around Orlando have craved — the mass exodus of baseball executives, scouts, reporters, businesses and manufacturers from the Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

I will have a more complete wrap going on and later today.


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