Moderate interest in Willingham
So far, it’s been pretty quiet for the Reds on Monday at the Winter Meetings — at least in terms of moves.
“We’ve been busy though,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said. “We’ve talked to several clubs. Nothing is close but at least I feel like things are moving in the right direction here. Hopefully before the week is over, we’ll be able to do something.”
*The Reds appear to have moderate interest in free agent OF Josh Willingham, who last played for the A’s and hit 29 homers last season mainly at a pitcher’s park like Oakland.
“I wouldn’t say it’s on the front burner,” Jocketty said of the Willingham pursuit. “It’s simmering on the back burner, if that. We are trying to find a right-handed hitter. I guess Willingham fits in that category.”
The Reds have more pressing needs on their list, but a right-handed hitting left fielder is something the club would like to add.
“It’s a logical place right now. We may end up going with Heisey and Alonso,” Jocketty said.
*There has been no talks yet with Brandon Phillips’ people. They did not arrive to town until today.
*One roster move was made — Jeremy Horst cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Louisville. Horst will be invited to Spring Training. The 40-man roster is at 39 players.