There are reports from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com that the Yankees turned down a trade offer from the Reds that proposed sending Brandon Phillips in return for Brett Gardner.
I have confirmed through sources tonight that Reds GM Walt Jocketty and Yankees GM Brian Cashman did hold meetings and that Phillips was discussed. I also learned that the Yankees are among teams listed in Phillips’ limited no-trade clause on a contract that has four years and $50 million.
More to come when I learn more.
As it happens every year at the Winter Meetings, industry leading agent Scott Boras fielded questions from a giant gathering of media on Wednesday. I’d love to tell you I could hear him but MLB.com had a couple of guys in the pack and we will have stories on the main site and club sites. I will have something on Choo as well.
Just got back from the Reds suite and a session with Walt Jocketty. Myriad topics came up that will be flushed out soon on MLB.com/Reds.com.
The basic gist:
*Homer Bailey is not in play for trade this week. Jocketty had seen the reports of the Yankees’ interest.
“I told them we’re not trying to trade him. We’re trying to sign him,” Jocketty said.
*The Reds had a meeting about 90 minutes ago with Bronson Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross. No deal was close but the two sides had let some time pass and Jocketty wanted to at least listen.
“We told him we wanted to meet with him again just to see where they’re at and to see if we could still do something,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know if we’ll do anything or not but we’ll at least meet with him because he’s been with us so long and has been a big part of our success. We thought it was important to at least talk to him again before anything else happens.”
*The Reds are seeking to add bench help in the form of a switch-hitting utility infielder that is primarily a shortstop.
*Jocketty would not address the trade talk rumor about Sean Marshall and the Rockies. But he noted that Marshall has value in the Reds’ bullpen and the club is fine with carrying both Marshall and Manny Parra.
Hello from Day 2 of the Winter Meetings…
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported Tuesday that the Rockies were aggressively pursuing trade talks with the Reds about lefty reliever Sean Marshall. But, the report also noted that talks have since cooled over concerns about Marshall’s health.
Marshall is 31 and has two years and $12 million remaining on his contract. Because of shoulder issues, he was limited to only 16 appearances last season. Therefore, the Rockies’ apparent concerns would be legitimate.
It was not known who the Reds might want in return for Marshall. On Monday, GM Walt Jocketty indicated the only way the Reds could any big deals would be to shift some payroll out. Marshall wouldn’t be a huge enough move to sign Shin-Soo Choo but maybe it would help add someone else. On the other hand, having two lefties in the bullpen with Marshall and Manny Parra is a nice asset to have.
UPDATE at 5:35 pm: unlikely the Rockies will pursue Marshall anymore. A trade to acquire lefty reliever Brett Anderson from the A’s was just announced.
Lots of people, lots of reporters but few transactions of note came on Monday morning and afternoon at the Winter Meetings. The Reds made no moves but have started some talks.
“A lot of talking,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said. “We’ve talked to two or three clubs by phone. No meetings yet. We’ve met with an agent. We’ll probably meet with two or three more the next couple of days.”
I will have three stories tonight on Reds.com, including one on Bronson Arroyo exploring his options as a free agent. Click here to read.
*Bryan Price said the club is still deciding whether to let him pitch in winter ball in the Dominican. Cueto told me on Saturday that he would like to. Of course with Cueto’s injury history, they would like to be careful. At the same time, he only had 11 starts in 2013. If he does pitch, they would like to have him do a throwing program first and perhaps face hitters at their Dominican academy in Boca Chica.
*Jocketty was, of course, very happy for Tony LaRussa getting into the Hall of Fame today. It was Jocketty who hired LaRussa for the Cardinals in 1996 after he fired Joe Torre — another new Hall of Famer.
“I’ve known Tony since 1976,” Jocketty said. “We’ve been friends for most of that time except for the couple of years I was here and he was still in St. Louis. We were at odds a couple of times then. That’s both of our competitive natures. He’s obviously will go down in history of one of the best managers of all time. He’s the winningest of all time. He worked hard at his craft. He was very disciplined. When I first knew him, he was still studying for his law degree in the off-season. He was playing, coaching or managing in the regular season and trying to finish his law degree at Florida State. That takes a real discipline to do something like that. He was always very focused, prepared and was a great leader and very successful at it.”
Jocketty has only dismissed two managers in his career — Torre and Dusty Baker.
“I’ve told [Torre] in the past that me firing him got him four more World Series championships,” Jocketty said. “Now I can tell him I got him into the Hall of Fame by firing him too.
“I had Torre, who I fired at the request of my owner. But then I hired Tony. Really in my career, I’ve only hired two managers. One is going in the Hall of Fame. The other one is destined.”
The elicited some laughs since new Price, his latest hire, was sitting right next to Jocketty in the Reds’ suite.
“He hasn’t even managed one game yet,” Jocketty said.
“Only got 35 more years of managing,” Price added.
*The Reds will need a new strength and conditioning coach. Matt Krause left last week to take the same position with the Yankees. A replacement for Krause has not been found. He spent the last 11 seasons with the organization.
Free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo’s name has circulated today with rumors connecting him to the Pirates. We exchanged messages but Arroyo said he wasn’t aware of anything involving the Pirates.
Arroyo said his agent has been contacted by several clubs but that more interest has come from the Twins, Phillies and Angels right now. No deals are close at the moment though.
The door isn’t all the way shut for Arroyo and the Reds. But GM Walt Jocketty noted that nothing was happening with his club and Arroyo.
“We just haven’t talked about it in a while,” Jocketty said. “I don’t think we have closed it out but it would be pretty tough financially.”
The big Monday morning event here was the announcement of three new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Former managers Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox were elected via the 16-person expansion era committee.
The vote totals: Bobby Cox (16 votes, 100%); Tony La Russa (16 votes, 100%); Joe Torre (16 votes, 100%)
Former Reds Davey Concepcion and Dave Parker were among those up for consideration. Concepcion, Parker, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Marvin Miller, Dan Quisneberry, Ted Simmons and George Steinbrenner each received six or fewer votes. Twelve votes were needed for election.
Hello from the Swan and Dolphin hotel at Walt Disney World. The Winter Meetings are upon us.
It’s early so I have really nothing to report right now. The Reds have historically done little at the Winter Meetings but as I wrote on Sunday, you never know. Keep checking back here and on MLB.com/Reds.com.
I would expect some rumors to fly this week regarding Brandon Phillips and Homer Bailey. Despite what the Reds brass said last week about Phillips, there are a couple of teams in need of a second baseman (Yankees, Royals). As for Bailey, he’s entering his walk year before free agency and teams are always in need of starting pitcher (once again, the Yankees are an example). I’ve already seen speculation from a few outlets about a Bailey-Brett Gardner deal making sense in theory. Gardner is also entering his final year before free agency as well. I will keep an eye on this and anything else that develops.
Hello from the Duke Energy Center, where I’m seeing final preps being made for Redsfest, which begins tomorrow and continues through Saturday. For the complete schedule and information, click here.
Devin Mesoraco and Sam LeCure are here doing the media circuit with reporters as forklifts and workers mill about. I will have stories with them in the days ahead.
Despite the forecast for winter weather and snow, organizers say that Redsfest is a go — no matter what.