Jocketty denies Oswalt buzz

The topic of Roy Oswalt and the Reds being a potential match hasn’t gone away in the past several weeks, despite the denials from general manager Walt Jocketty. Rumors flared up again over the weekend as other clubs appear to be declining their interest. The Cardinals were the latest team to reportedly back off.

Speaking by phone on Tuesday from Goodyear, Ariz., Jocketty emphatically denied the Reds were in on Oswalt.

“The media has been putting us into it. I’m tired of it,” Jocketty said. “I try to be upfront with you guys. I’ve gotten a lot of calls from people. I’m not saying something couldn’t ever happen but there’s nothing to lead me to believe we will sign him.”

“I don’t know where he’s going. We haven’t had any serious discussions with him. We’ve had no contact with that player.”

On another topic — the Reds are no closer to an extension with 2B Brandon Phillips

“Not really,” Jocketty said. “We really haven’t had a chance to talk with them. Hopefully in the next few weeks, it’s something we can address.”

Jocketty said he did not believe Phillips’ side had set any deadline for talks ending before the season starts.

“I think this could go on for a while,” Jocketty said.

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Us Reds fans better start getting used to the names….Hamilton and Soto.

I really do feel that BP wants to come back. But will he pass up less money?

Votto is gone…but only because Toronto will be in a prime situation to pay him. I could also see him doing the right thing and taking less money to stay in Cincy.

But if you were either BP or Votto, what would you do? I know we can all sit here and say we would take less money to stay in Cincy. But those are very bias opinions. I would have no hard feelings for either of them if they went somewhere for more money.

you can’t believe anything jockey says

If you can, I am thankful to God he is now saying this! I hope (and think) this to be the truth…

Hi,desde Venezuela, como fanatico de los Rojos pienso que Homer Bailey tendra una buena temporada y la gerencia debe enfocarse en firmar a Phillips y Votto con contratos multianuales…

translation, if I may…

Hi, from Venezuela, as a fan of the Reds, I think Homer Bailey will have a good season and senior management should focus on signing Phillips and Votto contract for multi years…

Please don’t sign Oswalt. He’s cashed. And there is no way that would be good for Homer’s confidence. And I think Homer is ready to breakout this year. You can’t give up on him.
Curt

Just checked out the 40 man roster. Only six players left that are older than me. I’m going to cry, ha.
Curt

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Curt – Try turning 60. I did last week, and wore a cap into a CVS. The clerk says, “Oh, I like your cap. My grandfather has one just like it!” There are compensations for being an older fan – but I used to like being the same age as my favorite players. Oh, well. Today’s spring training advent calendar picture shows Dusty Baker with 43 different lineup cards in front of him, and Bob Boone volunteering to help him make 20 more.

Great post! I’m only in my forties, but I can relate. Great ending sentence!

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The Reds do not need Oswalt even for depth. they now have 7 pitchers going for 5 positions. (Cueto, Latos, Leak, Bailey, Arroyo, Chapman and Francis) Francis being a longshot but there if injuries crop up. Why upset the apple cart. I am one who believes/hopes that this will be Bailey’s breakout year and he will fulfill his original potential. 10 days until they report. Go Reds!

Agreed. We will never find out about our SP if we change it much more
than now. Bailey is under speculation, however, he has improved year
over year for the last several years. Arroyo should bounce back; at minimum,
he had a relatively good excuse…mono at the season’s beginning and
throughout several months he was weak from the disease.

Chapman could turn out to be the reincarnation of Koufax if he finds the
plate…much like Koufax did his first 4-5 years! Francis is a long term plan
for relieving the SP force should it be necessary.

I am for playing our hand as dealt and if necessary, make changes prior to
end of year. I like our chances to make the playoffs; thereafter it’s a crap
shoot in short game set playoffs.

Now, PLAY BALL!

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Roy Edward Oswalt (Wizard of Os)
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 190 lb.
Born: August 29, 1977 in Kosciusko, MS (Age 34)

David Dewitt Bailey (Homer)
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 200 lb.
Born: May 3, 1986 in La Grange, TX (Age 25)

2011 numbers:

Oswalt 9-10……………..Bailey 9-7
ERA….3.69…………………..4.43
GS……23…………………….22
INN….139……………………132
H……153……………………136
R…….60…………………….68
ER……57…………………….65
HR……10…………………….18
BB…….33…………………….33
SO……93……………………106
WHIP…1.388…………………1.280
H/9…..9.9…………………..9.3
HR/9….0.6…………………..1.2
BB/9….2.1…………………..2.3
SO/9….6.0…………………..7.2
SO/BB…2.82………………….3.21

Oswalt is 34 and injured during the season (bad back).
Oswalt made $16M last year.

Bailey is 25 and has improved year after year for last 4 years.
Bailey made $441k last year.

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