New Reds lineup for Saturday. With all of the rain this morning, they are being careful. The sun is out now and field looks to be in good shape.
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The following Reds players are out of Minor League options heading into Spring Training:
RHP Homer Bailey
IF Jack Hannahan
OF Ryan Ludwick
LHP Manny Parra
C Brayan Pena
2B Brandon Phillips
IF/OF Skip Schumaker
RHP Alfredo Simon
I don’t think there are major issues here in terms of roster battles. I’d expect everyone on this list to make the 25-man roster out of camp.
Well, another Winter Meetings has come and gone with little to report about the Reds. I wish I had more to give you.
Fans sometimes get irritated when there are no moves. At the same, does it really matter who “wins” at the Winter Meetings? The Blue Jays made the biggest splash last year in Nashville. The Marlins did two years ago. Neither had fruitful seasons.
On the other hand, the Reds made no moves at either of those meetings but soon spun trades that brought Choo, Latos and Marshall.
So you have plenty to watch for in the coming days and weeks. The Reds still want a bat, possibly a short-term leadoff hitter and bench help at shortstop. The Brandon Phillips rumors will likely continue without resolution until something is either done or the club goes to Spring Training. Again, it will be tough to swing something. If they trade Phillips and lose Choo, as is expected, the void offensively would be tough to overcome.
More when I have something.
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.