DeShields to manage Louisville

Good Monday afternoon —

A few things to get the week started.

*Delino DeShields was officially named manager at Triple-A Louisville. DeShields, who managed Double-A Pensacola last season, replaced Jim Riggleman after he was promoted to be the Reds third base coach. Pitching coach Ted Power and hitting coach Tony Jaramillo are returning to Louisville as well.

*At Class A Dayton, Jose Nieves will be back for his third season as manager. Luis Bolivar is returning for his second year as the Dragons hitting coach and former Reds pitcher Tom Browning has rejoined the affiliate as pitching coach after he served in that role for Dayton in 2012. Browning was at Billings in 2013 and High-A Bakersfield in 2014.

*At the Reds’ new high Class-A affiliate in Daytona, Eli Marrero was named manager with Tony Fossas as pitching coach and Kevin Mahar as the hitting coach.

*UPDATED: At Pensacola, veteran Minor League skipper Pat Kelly was named as DeShields’ replacement as manager. Kelly, 59, managed last season at high Class-A Bakersfield and has served the organization since 2006 at a variety of levels. Alex Pelaez and Jeff Fassero will return as the team’s hitting and pitching coaches, respectively.

*According to reports out of the Dominican Republic, free agent OF Nelson Cruz agreed to a four-year, $57 million contract with the Mariners. What does that mean to the Reds? Well, they certainly weren’t in the running for Cruz but Seattle becomes one less team seeking a left fielder. That could possibly help the Reds if the trade market shifts in terms of their pursuits of the likes of Justin Upton or Yoenis Cespedes.

*Also — a reliever I thought my fit for the Reds is off the market. RHP Jason Frasor was re-signed by the Royals over the weekend to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.


The Reds don’t seem to be in the running for anyone except bench players and players from the recycled heap .

Upton or Cespedes would help a great deal in LF, especially Upton. Hope Walt makes it happen.

Agree, but are we really in the running. Time will tell.

Think about it . Walt Jocketty and company are making these decisions . With every passing day , the choices get less and less . It probably takes this group two hours to get out of bed in the morning . Besides , they really think they have the team to compete for a championship .

So far I am seeing the Reds as a fourth place team, and that is assuming everyone is healthy.

Walt spends all of his time trying to hire other people in the organization. We need a GM who try’s to improve the club for on the field success.

Where might they be headed now?…
The Mets are looing for a fourth outfielder. They’ll look for a righty bat like Jonny Gomes or Ryan Ludwick.

Ummm Sheldon, Cruz is probably going to be a DH in Seattle so they can still definitely look at adding a LF’er and/or a RF’er for that matter (and Upton as of right now is slated to move over to RF for ATL – so he could do that for SEA as well even if Cruz is starting in LF).

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