GM meetings this week

The annual general managers meetings get underway in Phoenix this week and although I will not be on the ground in Arizona, we will have several MLB.com reporters on the scene. The GM meetings are often a precursor for the Reds and Walt Jocketty to make deals. In the past, he’s commenced talks with a club or agent that have ultimately culminated in a transaction.

MLB.com’s Richard Justice focused on the Reds offseason issues in his piece and the big decisions that Jocketty is facing.

Click to read it here:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/100960352/richard-justice-gm-meetings-an-opportunity-to-lay-groundwork

*Also, tonight at 6 p.m. ET — is the announcement on MLB.com of the first BBWAA awards winners — AL and NL Rookie of the Year. Of course, Billy Hamilton is a NL finalist. Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom seems to be the odds-on favorite but we’ll know for sure soon enough.

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Let me be one of the first, and hopefully not last to hope Walt can pull off a block-buster – headline grabbing deal on the likes of the Joe Morgan / Bob Howsam trade…We can all dream Mark…That’s what the off season is for…. I would be happy with a Frank Duffy for George Foster type trade It’s all about the RBI’s. T2

Nori Aoki Seeking Three-Year Deal
By Steve Adams [November 10, 2014 at 10:08am CST]
MLB Trade Rumors
Free agent outfielder Nori Aoki is looking for a three-year deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). He’s currently drawing interest from both the Reds and the Royals, although Kansas City at the moment is said to be more interested in Torii Hunter, Heyman adds.
Aoki batted .285/.349/.360 in his lone season with the Royals and played a key role from a defensive standpoint as the team made its way to the World Series. However, he’s seen a precipitous drop in his power since coming to the Majors. After hitting 10 homers as a rookie with the Brewers in 2012, he hit eight in 2013 and just one in 2014. His isolated power dropped from .144 in 2012 to .084 in 2013 and .075 in 2014, although a portion of the most recent dip could at least be attributed to moving to the spacious Kauffman Stadium.
The Reds are in need of a left fielder and are said to also be targeting Mike Morse, while Kansas City has been linked to a reunion with Aoki on more than one occasion. However, there wouldn’t be room for both Hunter and Aoki in K.C., so it seems that for the time being, Aoki is on the back burner as GM Dayton Moore looks to add some punch to his lineup in the form of the veteran Hunter.
MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth recently profiled the 32-year-old Aoki and suggested that he could land something in the range of two-year, $16MM contract.

It sounds like Aoki or Morse or nothing more than a short term bandade. Typical approach by this organization .

it was posted on mlbtraderumors, that if the Marlins cant sign Stanton, the “CARDINALS” could be a landing spot. for the love of God I sure the heck hope not!!! I would be very upset at Walt if he doesnt prevent that from happening..

Did the Reds consider Michael Cuddyer? Seems like he would have been a nice fit in LF.

If Stanton is available , the Reds will not get him . They don’t have the resources. Maybe they will after he’s an ex-Cardinal.

Could not afford Cuddyer. Can’t afford Stanton. Thanks to the ridiculous contracts the Reds agreed to, we really can’t afford anybody of significance without dismantling the current team and farm system. It’s going to be a long road back with the same people running the show that got us into this mess.

Mets swooped and signed him for 2 years for $21m; he turned down a 1 year obligatory deal from Rockies for $15.3m. Rockies were said to have thought he
would take the 1 year offer. Good sign by Mets.

Cuddyer said on a conference call with Mets beat writers today that he would have accepted the Rockies’ qualifying offer had he not been signed by the Mets.

If you look at the list of FA for LF….
…the list is void of any really good LFers that the Reds could buy.
Every one on the list wants either a long term contract or one that
is totally out of the Reds range.
I would love to get T Hunter for two, but then again…

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