Monday at the Winter Meetings
Good day from San Diego, everyone…
The Winter Meetings are underway and the lobby here at the Manchester Grand Hyatt is filled with baseball scouts, executives, managers and of course, media. Plenty of mingling going on. Of course, a lot more stuff is happening out of sight in the suites with the club GMs, agents, etc.
Reds beat writers will be meeting with GM Walt Jocketty at 5 p.m. PT today for a briefing. Manager Bryan Price is available to all media at 2 p.m. PT.
Other tidbits thus far:
*I just ran into former Reds bench coach Chris Speier in the lobby. Speier, who was on Dusty Baker’s staff, spent 2014 as a special assistant to Jocketty but is now looking for a new job. He’s hoping to land something that puts him back on the field but isn’t ruling out any position that might present itself.
*The Indians acquired OF/1B Brandon Moss from the A’s for a Minor Leaguer infielder. Moss is another outfielder that might have been a good fit for the Reds. He’s under club control through 2016 and not very expensive.
*Last night Reds director of Minor League administration Lois Hudson was the recipient of the seventh annual Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award. It’s presented “to an individual with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development.” Hudson has worked for the Reds organization the past 27 years.
*UPDATE: No one got into the Hall of Fame today via the Golden Era committee. Former Reds GM Bob Howsam was among the candidates but received three or fewer votes from the 16-person committee. Twelve votes were needed for election.