Nelson Cruz not happening
The Reds held their final Caravan event back here in Cincinnati on Sunday with a season ticket “select-a-seat” event at Great American Ball Park. Like the other caravan events on the road, fans were invited to ask questions of the group.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty was asked about the potential of signing free agent Nelson Cruz to boost the offense.
“I would say no,” Jocketty replied. “We don’t want to give up the draft pick. I like the way our club is now.”
Jocketty’s response is pretty consistent with something I wrote in last week’s Reds Inbox. Cruz is the top free agent on the market and even a reduced contract would be too much of a hit to the payroll. Add in the fact that Ryan Ludwick is owed $7.5 million in 2014 to play the same position of left field, Cruz’s 50-game PED suspension and the loss of the first-round Draft pick for signing him, and to me — it just doesn’t make sense for the Reds to get him.