Reds listening on Cueto, Chapman
There has been some buzz at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday that the Reds were listening to clubs seeking trades for Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman. MLB.com reported the story about Chapman.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t exactly deny the rumors. But he is not actively shopping either pitcher.
“I don’t know where the Chapman stuff came from. I got hit with it,” Jocketty said. “I walked into the room today and asked our guys if there was anything on Chapman. I got three texts and a phone call this morning. I’ll listen to anything that makes sense. It was not something we initiated.
“Nobody has given us anything, really. They want to know if the rumors are true. It’s whatever you want to think. I don’t consider, unless we get proposals from clubs, that it’s anything legitimate. It’s just inquiring.”
Jocketty met with no clubs face-to-face but did talk on the phone. Most of the club’s in-person meetings were with agents, including Cueto’s representatives. Jocketty also noted he thought the team was close on a couple of trade this week but thy didn’t materialize a deal and fell apart.
I’ll have more about Tuesday on Reds.com/MLB.com soon.