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Reds won’t overpay in trades

The non-waivers Trade Deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Sunday and the Reds and general manager Walt Jocketty have not gotten into the serious stages of talks about any potential deals as of yet.

“I wouldn’t say nothing is going on. We’re talking a lot but nothing is even close,” Jocketty said on Tuesday afternoon.

Rockies ace starter Ubaldo Jimenez has been a frequent subject in rumors and connected to the Reds. Word in the industry is that if anyone has the wealth of prospects and the potential to deal them – it’s Cincinnati.

The demands in return on any Jimenez deal are believed to be extremely high and Colorado is hoping that a team will blink and give in. Right now, the Rockies won’t take less than everything they ask. According to the Denver Post, the team asked the Reds for top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco and Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman.

UPDATE – MLB.com also hearing that Rockies desire LHP Travis Wood, RHP Homer Bailey and either Mesoraco OR Chapman. Yonder Alonso was also discussed within Colorado but that was before Alonso got promoted upon Jonny Gomes being traded.

If that’s what it takes to get Jimenez, don’t expect the Reds to be a team that blinks.  According to a baseball source, Cincinnati has no plans to blow other teams away with its proposals. If there is a fair deal that can help the club, they would discuss it. The Reds aren’t going to overpay in a trade, however.

There have also been reports that the Reds might be interested in dealing starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, who is currently at Triple-A Louisville. A source says the Reds are not making him available but there are clubs that believe they can get him on the cheap because he has been struggling.

Jocketty would not address any rumors about Volquez.

“I’m not going to talk about individual players,” he said.

At the Futures Game

Greetings from Chase Field and the All-Star game experience in Phoenix. When I landed last night, it was 104 degrees. But what was really strange was that later in the evening, it actually rained.

(This post is coming literally at the very moment Francisco Cordero blew the save and the game at Milwaukee. Yeesh, that’s three-straight blown saves in a row. That was one rough road trip to end the first half with.)

I will be trying to blog and tweet from here and provide pictures if opportunity arrives. Today is the XM All-Star Futures Game with Minor Leaguers from the U.S. and World squads.

Three members of the Reds are here. Catcher Devin Mesoraco, 1B/OF Yonder Alonso and Triple-A Louisville manager Rick Sweet, who is a coach on the U.S. team. Look for a detailed story later today on Reds.com/MLB.com

“It’s kind of a taste of the big leagues a little bit,” Mesoraco said of the experience. “We’re staying at a nice hotel downtown. We have a nice locker room with a lot of media around. It’s a cool experience.”

The U.S. team was using the D-Backs home clubhouse while Alonso and the world team was housed on the visitor’s side. Alonso has mostly played left field in Louisville but is playing first base today. He was thrilled for his friend and shortstop Zack Cozart, who was called up earlier in the week.

 “I was pumped,” Alonso said. “It’s good for him to get called up. I’m really happy for him. He’s done a good job. It’s even better when he’s doing so well. It shows what type of team we have at Triple-A. He set everything  up – him and Sappelt – batting first and second. All the other guys would come up – like myself, Hermida and Mesoraco – and most of the time get them in.”

While I was talking with Sweet, I asked about the arrivals of shortstop Paul Janish and pitcher Edinson Volquez, who were both sent down this week.

“They both reported and both were in pretty good spirits,” Sweet said.

Janish is working on his hitting with coach Smokey Garrett and roving instructor Ronnie Ortegon.

“He actually called me as soon as he got to the airport in Milwaukee,” Sweet said of Janish. “He said ‘I’m sorry to say this but I will be seeing you shortly.’  We have a plan for him. He reported that next day and played well. His attitude has been great. He knows he got a chance, it didn’t work out and now he has to get ready for the next opportunity. He’s a good kid. He’s a professional. It is what it is. That means he just has to get back to work. His attitude is great.”

As for Volquez?

“Obviously, he would have preferred to be there,” Sweet said. “He felt this time he should have stayed there. But all that being said, he came back, got his work in and threw a side. He’s starting today.”

The pre-game introductions at the Futures Game

Long balls and walks

There was a lot to like and not like out of Wednesday’s 7-6 Reds win.

The positive:

Homer Bailey — looked very sharp in two scoreless innings. A leadoff bunt single by Juan Pierre in the first inning was the only blemish. Bailey was very pleased with his outing.

“I got to work my slidestep in the first inning and the second inning I worked out of the stretch,” Bailey said.

Daniel Ray Herrera — one scoreless inning, one walk. He also broke Alexi Ramirez’s bat on a groundout to first base.

Jared Burton — he looked good over his two-inning, one-hit relief outing with four strikeouts.

Offense — A five-run fifth inning started after a two-out error that made all the runs unearned. Jeremy Hermida smoked a long homer that sailed over the right field party patio.

Leading off the eighth inning, Devin Mesoraco topped Hermida with a homer to left field — it sailed well over the fence, over the grassy knoll and landed on the sidewalk concourse. It was absolutely tattooed and it was the game winner that snapped a 6-6 tie.

“Mesoraco hit one a mile and a half and Hermida hit one a mile,” manager Dusty Baker said.

The negative:

Carlos Fisher —  1 ip, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB in the sixth. Walks have been an issue in the past for Fisher. He started off the sixth with back-to-back free passes and both of them scored.

Jose Arredondo — 2/3 ip, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. His first three batters of the seventh were as followed: BB, BB, HBP. After two strikeouts came a bases-loaded two-run single and another walk.

Daryl Thompson — walked in one of Arredondo’s runs to tie the game at 6-6 when he entered in the seventh. Thompson pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed three hits after that.

“Some of the guys are trying too hard,” Baker said. “A little bit of overthrowing. We just have to calm them down, relax them and get them to be themselves. Fish was probably overthrowing more. Thompson a little bit. Arredondo was kind of expected. He hasn’t pitched in more than a year. He’s going to have some ups and downs. We’ll keep running him out there. He’s a little high right now. But when a guy has been out that long, you have to expect some ups and downs.”

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Non-roster invites to Goodyear

This is a bit delayed, I apologize, but I was off the grid at a Reds Caravan stop in Vevay, Indiana and had no internet access. I will have a story about that stop later today on Reds.com.

But here is the list of Reds non-roster invites to Spring Training:

RHP Scott Carroll, RHP Jerry Gil, LHP Jeremy Horst, LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP Matt Klinker, RHP Justin Lehr, RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Dontrelle Willis, C Chris Denove, C Devin Mesoraco, C Corky Miller, OF Danny Dorn, OF Jeremy Hermida and OF Dave Sappelt.

There are no stunners on this list. The Reds signed Willis and Hermida a while back and the other guys were in the organization already.

*Lehr had Tommy John surgery and missed most of last season.

*Gil was previously in Reds camp a few years ago as an infielder. He converted to pitching a couple of seasons back and this will be his first time in big league camp as a pitcher.

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Progress of Reds No. 1 picks

While I was dutifully following the MLB Draft Tracker today for later round Reds picks, Jamie Ramsey of the Reds sent an email detailing the progress of the past five Reds first-round picks (not counting 2009 selection RHP Mike Leake)

2008: 1B Yonder Alonso, 22, (AA-Carolina) overall this season is batting .285 with 7 HR and 41 RBI in 56 games with AA-Carolina and A-Sarasota…this is his first full pro season.

2007: C Devin Mesoraco, 20, (A-Sarasota) batting .211 with 4 HR and 18 RBI in 46 games this season with A-Sarasota.

2006: OF Drew Stubbs, 24, (AAA-Louisville) batting .291 with 2 HR, 19 RBI, 21 R and 19 SB this season with Louisville.

2005: OF Jay Bruce, 23, is the Reds starting right fielder.

2004: RHP Homer Bailey, 23, (AAA-Louisville) twice this season was named International League Pitcher of the Week…has made 18 Major League starts.

Are you happy with the Reds recent string of Reds first-round picks? Taking Jamie’s work a step further, here are some of the other previous Reds first-rounders that were flops:

2003: RHP Ryan Wagner (retired a few weeks ago)

2002: RHP Chris Gruler (injured and out of baseball without reaching MLB)

2001: LHP Jeremy Sowers (did not sign, re-drafted by Indians in 2004)

2000: SS David Espinosa (never reached MLB, in independent ball in 2008)

First roster cuts, lineups vs. NYY

The first roster trim came down and there were no surprises. Most of the top prospects were sent to the Minor League camp. Here’s the list:

Optioned to Class AA Carolina  was 1B Yonder Alonso; reassigned to minor league camp were C Humberto Cota, C Chris Denove, INF Todd Frazier, C Devin Mesoraco, OF Drew Stubbs and INF Chris Valaika…the Reds have 56 players remaining in camp.

Reds lineup:

Dickerson CF, Gonzalez SS, Bruce RF, Phillips 2B, Barker 1B, Encarnacion 3B, Nix LF, Hanigan C, Bankston DH

Masset – P

Yankees lineup:

Gardner CF, Damon LF, Nady RF, Matsui DH, Ransom 3B, Molina C, Miranda 1B, Berroa SS,  Pena 2B

Chamberlain – P

Obviously, this will be a good test for Gonzalez’s knee to finally play the field. Look for a story postgame on that. More later once the Reds’ bus arrives at Steinbrenner Field.

6pm Update:

  • Dusty Baker said that Gonzalez would play four or five innings at shortstop tonight.
  • 3B Edwin Encarnacion said his left wrist felt better after he took BP on Monday. Encarnacion has been sore since a check swing the other day.

“But I tried to stay with a pitch inside, that’s what hurt me more,” Encarnacion said.

  • 1B Joey Votto is on a flight that should land in Sarasota tonight but Baker said he’s giving him Wednesday off. The team has a scheduled off day on Thursday, which gives Votto two days to regroup after the World Baseball Classic.

“With traveling and his family and Toronto, I’m sure he’s probably exhausted,” Baker said.

  • RHP Johnny Cueto is OK after twisting an ankle on Sunday. He did his running on Monday.

Here’s what Baker said about the roster moves. Three of the players (Alonso, Mesoraco and Stubbs) were the organization’s last three first round picks.

“They’re all good players. They’re good young men at the same time,” Baker said. “They worked hard, did what was asked of them. It was a matter of ABs getting tight. We’re going to get some guys back [from the World Baseball Classic]. They all got pretty good look-sees, especially for the first big league camp for most of them. Most guys don’t get that many ABs and innings.”

  • The decisions were all made before Monday’s game. Chris Valaika hit a grand slam vs. the Phillies and Yonder Alonso hit a homer to center field, his first of spring. A fan retrieved the ball and returned it to Alonso.

“You hate to send them out when they did something so spectacular. I was hoping Stubbs would hit one out,” Baker said. “I’d rather have them go out on a high note.”

 

 

 

 

On the ground in Sarasota

I just landed less than an hour ago — the Florida air feels good at first contact when walking out of the airport.

I made a bee-line for the Reds complex and picked up my credential, said hello, etc. The report date for pitchers and catchers is Saturday and for position players, it’s Tuesday — but there were a bunch of players already ready to go.

Jay Bruce got to camp on Thursday and I talked t him for a little bit — it’s going to be a different camp for him. Last year he was trying to make the team and knew his chances weren’t great once Corey Patterson was signed. This year, he is the right fielder.

Chris Dickerson, Francisco Cordero and Bill Bray are also here and I saw prospects Todd Frazier, Matt Maloney and Devin Mesoraco. The first workout on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. ET after the physicals.

One thing that struck me as weird was walking into the clubhouse and not seeing the big black trunk that belonged to Ken Griffey Jr., even though it’s been gone since July 31. He was the only one that had it and he sat on it everyday to talk and poke fun of people. Griffey was the only player at camp to get two lockers — now everyone has one.

The report day is usually without drama, but not always. During my first spring of covering the Reds in 2006, the late Josh Hancock was cut on the first day because the club said the reliever came in overweight. 

Everything gets rolling Saturday — hopefully you will check in here from time to time to get updated.

 

 

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