December 3rd, 2012

Baker’s media session

Reds manager Dusty Baker held his Winter Meetings media session on Monday afternoon with assembled reporters and had multiple subjects covered.

Here is the edited video, which pared the 25 minute session into about three minutes:

Reds haven’t pursued Fowler, Crisp

With leadoff options dwindling both in free agency and trade markets, the Reds are still looking. Two often speculated trade candidates have been Rockies CF Dexter Fowler and A’s CF Coco Crisp. It doesn’t appear that it’s close happening.

“We really haven’t talked to either club if that’s any indication,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “I’m not sure Colorado is moving Fowler.”

*Speculation before the meetings thought Fowler for Homer Bailey would be a match.

“They have never brought Bailey’s name up to me, never,” Jocketty said.

Jocketty has gotten inquiries about Reds pitchers but he has made it known he’s not looking to trade starting pitching.

*The Reds have a meeting set for Tuesday morning with LF Ryan Ludwick’s agent. Manager Dusty Baker discussed the idea of Ludwick returning.

“We have an offer on the table,” Baker said. “But he’s a free agent, and he’s weighing his options even though he wants to come back here first. I’m hoping that we get it done.”

“I think if we’re going to sign him, we could do it this week,” Jocketty said. “His agent is pretty up front. We’ve had a good relationship. We’ll see where he stands.”

*Joey Votto told the club that he and his surgically repaired left knee are doing well.

“I talked to him last week and again today. He’s feel great,” Jocketty said. “He’s good. He just got back from Jay’s wedding.”

*Johnny Cueto, who hurt his oblique in Game 1 of the NLDS, was checked out in the Dominican Republic by someone on the Reds medical staff and has fully recovered from his injury. He’s not in pitching shape as of yet, but it’s still early.

I will have a couple of more complete stories out soon on Reds.com and MLB.com.

Cross off another leadoff guy

Hello from Monday’s action at the Winter Meetings. There have been a handful of moves around the league as of this afternoon but one that indirectly affects the Reds.

Multiple reports, led by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, has CF Angel Pagan re-signing with the Giants. The reported terms? Four years, $40 million. It would not be shocking if Michael Bourn is in that area code as well. As I’ve indicated in past posts, the likes of Pagan and Bourn were not likely targets because of the high asking price.

Here is MLB.com’s Chris Haft’s story on the deal.

In other news, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that former Reds LHP Bill Bray signed a Minor League contract with the Nationals. Bray was previously with the Nationals until being part of that blockbuster 2006 trade that involved Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns.

More to come later…

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