Greetings everyone. I hope you all enjoy some peace, love, family and friendship during the holidays this week.
*Not a ton of Reds news happened during my time off last week. No big shock that Shin-Soo Choo signed elsewhere and once Jacoby Ellsbury signed his deal, it wasn’t a stunner that Choo got seven years and $130 million from the Rangers.
The Reds were never going to approach that zip code of salary, nor should they have tried. The team in the Reds market size could not afford to be hamstrung for that much money. In the one year he was with Cincinnati, I thought Choo was not only an impressive player to watch, but an impressive person. He was very concerned about pulling his weight for his team and teammates. He was always courteous to the media and just professional all around.
*Billy Hamilton is now the guy to leadoff and play center field. The good news is Hamilton doesn’t have to have a .423 on-base percentage like Choo to be successful. But he’ll have to get on base enough to use his weapon of speed.
*Saw this on Twitter yesterday:
Remembering Ryan Freel today. Missing our friend and thinking about his family on the anniversary of his passing. #reds
— Reds Community Fund (@RedsCommunity) December 22, 2013
Last week, Sportsnet.ca in Canada did a real moving story on Freel’s final days and hours. It’s not easy to read. We never really know the players away from the clubhouse but you could tell there were swings when Freel was really up and also times he was really down. He was always good to me and I appreciated that. I wish his family well during the holidays.
*I would expect the Reds make some more moves in January but maybe not the big splash everyone expected the past month. I don’t know if they can pull off the big trade at this point. That window seems to be closing. There could be some cheaper options slipping in price on the free agent market that could boost the team offensively.
That’s it for now. Again, please enjoy the holidays.