Good Monday afternoon… I only have a few tidbits for now but the day is young, who knows what could be next or when?
*On Sunday, I wrote a story that could be ominous for the upcoming arbitration cases. Three players, namely Bailey, Choo and Latos, are pretty far apart in the exchanged salary figures from Friday. Latos’ agent told me he didn’t currently expect a deal to be reached before a hearing. The Reds haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since 2004. Although deals usually get done beforehand, I’m not so confident about this year.
*Regarding Scott Rolen, still no news. GM Walt Jocketty returned to Cincinnati today from an extended stay in Arizona and told me on Sunday he hoped to have that situation figured out this week. As I’ve written in the past, Rolen can afford to take his time on deciding about retirement. That way, if he gets the itch when Spring Training gets here and a spot opens somewhere with either the Reds or another club, he can play. As for the Reds though, there really seems to be no real roster space.
*From 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET this Saturday, the Reds will be holding their annual “Select-a-Seat” event in the FS Ohio Champions Club at GABP. It’s a chance for fans to personally pick their seats for 2013 season ticket packages. Admission is free and the event becomes a Reds caravan stop at 11 a.m. when Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton and more pay a visit and hold a Q&A session.
*It was just announced this afternoon that Commissioner Bud Selig will be at GABP on Wednesday to hold a press conference with Reds CEO Bob Castellini. It’s to announce a significant committment by the league for the opening of the new Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn.
*St. Louis continues to mourn the passing of icon Stan Musial. I never got to meet “The Man,” but have only heard great things. Click here for the MLB.com tribute page to Musial.
*For Reds fans that like to make the trip to Chicago for Reds-Cubs games, here is some welcomed news. There were plans unveiled by the Cubs over the weekend for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.