Reds still eyeing OFs, INFs
I talked to Reds GM Walt Jocketty about Friday’s signings and the negotiations that will continue with arbitration-eligible players Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman. There will be another story forthcoming on that in a little while.
Also discussed was there Reds’ interest in adding any other players on the free agent market. Jocketty is still seeking an extra outfielder and an extra infielder. I asked about Grady Sizemore but Jocketty spoke generally.
“We’re still looking at a couple of guys,” Jocketty said. “I don’t think there’s been any progress, especially this week. Once a lot of the agents get through the arbitration process this week, we’ll have more time to pursue any last minute invites for Spring Training that create more competition.”
Last Friday, I wrote about the team’s options for the extra infielder and whether it was a requisite to have a backup that can play shortstop. In a short term situation, Jocketty said he doesn’t feel compelled to have a backup shortstop. But he wouldn’t mind adding insurance in case something happened to Zack Cozart.
“We probably could [do without] but we prefer to have somebody that could play short,” Jocketty said. [Todd] Frazier could. [Jack] Hannahan probably could in a pinch. I don’t think [Skip] Schumaker has ever played over there. As long as we felt comfortable with somebody at Triple-A that we could bring up, but I’m not sure we have that guy yet.”