Jocketty: Reds looking for a bat
We’re in the midst of a “hot stove” like season within a baseball season. Between now and the non-waivers Trade Deadline on July 31, there will be trades around the league(some have already happened), but the rumors about potential trades will far outnumber any actual deals made.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has several of his inner-circle of baseball operations people on the road with him. Jocketty is eyeing some additions.
“I’d like to add a bat,” Jocketty said on Sunday. “We just haven’t found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st.”
A deal of course can still happen after the deadline. Players have to clear waivers though and can be blocked. There haven’t been a ton of activity yet on the Reds front.
“We’ve had a few discussions with clubs but it’s been relatively quiet,” Jocketty said. “It’s a little surprising.”
If the Reds acquire a bat, the preference would be for the player to play multiple positions.
“That would be better because eventually we’re going to get Joey [Votto] and Brandon [Phillips] back so you don’t want to limit yourself if you can,” Jocketty said.
As for one player out there who doesn’t require a trade, recently released Braves 2B Dan Uggla, Jocketty did not rule it out of hand.
“We haven’t discussed it yet,” he said. “I haven’t talked to our scouts who saw him. We’re going to meet tomorrow and go over some stuff.”
I’ll have a little more later on MLB.com/Reds.com.