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.