Pujols out of NL Central
The Rule 5 Draft just concluded without the Reds making a selection in the Major League phase. They both took and lost a player in the Triple-A phase.
But the buzz this morning is the stunner that Albert Pujols is leaving the Cardinals for the Angels with a 10-year, $250 million contract with a full no-trade clause.
Of course, the move has ramifications for the Reds. “The Great Pujols,” as former Reds manager Jerry Narron often called him, is now out of the National League Central.
“I think it’s a positive,” said Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who drafted and developed Pujols when he was with the Cardinals. “When they lose a guy of that stature, it’s pretty amazing.”
As for the Reds, they are leaving town without a trade or signing done. But it sounded like if he would agree to part with the player or players the other team wants, a deal could happen.
“I think so. You never know how a club will react,” Jocketty said. “A couple of things we could do. We have to decide if it’s the right direction to go in.”
As for Brandon Phillips, Jocketty finally met with his agents but the latest offer appears to have been rejected.
“I went alright I guess,” Jocketty said of the meeting. “I don’t know if they weren’t completely happy. They didn’t agree to it.”