Reds not trying to trade Bailey

Just got back from the Reds suite and a session with Walt Jocketty. Myriad topics came up that will be flushed out soon on MLB.com/Reds.com.

The basic gist:

*Homer Bailey is not in play for trade this week. Jocketty had seen the reports of the Yankees’ interest.

“I told them we’re not trying to trade him. We’re trying to sign him,” Jocketty said.

*The Reds had a meeting about 90 minutes ago with Bronson Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross. No deal was close but the two sides had let some time pass and Jocketty wanted to at least listen.

“We told him we wanted to meet with him again just to see where they’re at and to see if we could still do something,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know if we’ll do anything or not but we’ll at least meet with him because he’s been with us so long and has been a big part of our success. We thought it was important to at least talk to him again before anything else happens.”

*The Reds are seeking to add bench help in the form of a switch-hitting utility infielder that is primarily a shortstop.

*Jocketty would not address the trade talk rumor about Sean Marshall and the Rockies. But he noted that Marshall has value in the Reds’ bullpen and the club is fine with carrying both Marshall and Manny Parra.

More later…

4 Comments

“Switch hitting middle infielder” to be a backup at SS. I think we’ve read this line from Walt going on three years now. It resulted in Izturis & Valdez like players each of the last two years.

On Bailey, I could still see him traded if he won’t sign, and I think they could get quite a lot for him. I’d rather see him signed, but the reality is that they probably can’t afford him, Cueto, and Latos long term. Trading him for someone that can contribute this year AND isn’t a rent-a-player for a year like Choo is would make sense.

if they deal marshall to the Rockies.. get your switch hitting backup ss/ inf there in Hererra

Hot Stove is in full swing, but you, Mark, are also hot! Your last several articles are dynamite. Love it when we hear inside stories and interviews from Castellini, Jocketty and Price…that’s where the tire hits the road. Thanks again Mark for your hard work.
Neb

Hear Price? Two areas of concern…”base running and situational offense” meant “missed opportunity in 2012 and 2013. He also offered that after the 2012 miss, he thought the team would be extra hungry in 2013, but failed to advance.
Good to hear him address our Achilles. Now, Jocketty needs to address the needs.

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