October 2011

Welcome to the off-season

 Greetings from the first week of the Reds off-season, where it’s been rather quiet. I don’t expect that to change a bunch until after the hot stove stuff really gets going after the World Series.

Has anyone been watching the postseason? I’ve been flipping around — the Rays-Rangers ALDS has gotten most of my attention for some reason. You have to appreciate what Tampa Bay is doing its $43 million payroll and it’s another example that proves opening the checkbook isn’t always the answer to a team’s problems. Of course, if the Rays get eliminated this afternoon, some of their fans might be thinking otherwise. But I still like their plan and their ability to stick with it.

On to some Reds news, sort of —

*There is nothing new on the contract talks with Francisco Cordero. The dialogue remains open but there is no vibe that a deal is imminent. Based on where things were last week, we’re a long way from a deal getting done for Brandon Phillips.

*If you are interested in the Reds prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League, play starts today. All of the Cincinnati players are with the Phoenix Desert Dogs, including pitcher Brad Boxberger and catcher Yasmani Grandal. The AFL web site is at MLBFallball.com.

*Before everyone dispersed for their off-season last week, I knocked out a few “exit interviews” with some players. Be on the lookout for stories about those guys in the coming days and weeks.

Until next time…

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