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What's up in Indy? Not much

Most of the talk on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings revolved around two things — and neither of them involved the Reds. One stunner was that Peter Gammons announced he was leaving ESPN at the end of the week. The other was the blockbuster three-way trade pending between Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks.

As for the Reds, there was no significant news to report.

Said GM Walt Jocketty “We met with a couple of different agent groups about free agents and we met and had discussions with several clubs but I wouldn’t say we’re close to anything. But there were some interesting discussions.”

Among the developments on Tuesday:

*Talks began this week with the agents for outfielder Jonny Gomes.

“We’re still a ways apart,” Jocketty said. An offer must be tendered to the arbitration-eligible Gomes by a Saturday deadline.

*The Rangers inquired about LHP Arthur Rhodes but the Reds were not interested in dealing Rhodes.

*A rumor floated by ex-GM Jim Bowden had the Reds interested in Orlando Cabrera and Miguel Tejada, both are free agent shortstops. It was essentially shot down. Bowden now works for Sirius-XM.

“I’d be interested but I don’t think they’d fit into our pay structure,” Jocketty said.

*Still no talks have started with the agent for IF Jamey Carroll.

*With the roster at its 40-man limit, Jocketty didn’t expect the Reds to be adding players through the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

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Carroll 'would love' to join Reds

Folks milling through the hotel lobby, people chatting and many more people standing around with glazed looks in their eyes. Yep, this is the Winter Meetings in full swing on Tuesday.

As far as the Reds are concerned, so far it’s quiet again. On Saturday, I wrote that the Reds had some interest in infielder Jamey Carroll but there still have been no talks. Carroll grew up in Evansville, Ind. and was a fan of the Reds as a kid.

“We would certainly entertain an offer,” Carroll’s agent, Jonathan Maurer said on Tuesday. “We would love to play for the Reds.”

Maurer is in Indy and said Carroll has drawn interest from other clubs and there have been talks. Reds GM Walt Jocketty said on Monday that he was looking for a utility player that can hit and play shortstop.

Carroll, 36, spent the last two seasons with the Indians and he batted .276 with two homers and 24 RBIs. Lifetime since 2002, he’s a .273 hitter with a .351 on-base percentage. He hasn’t played shortstop since 2007.

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Day 1 in Indy

For reasons beyond my control, I rolled into Indianapolis late today. My colleague, Indians beat writer and former Reds reporter Anthony Castrovince, picked me up when Dusty Baker had his session with reporters.If you’d like to read the transcript, here is the link.

While Dusty was talking, I was in my car approaching Indy on a portion of I-65 known as the Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds Highway. Wow — he gets a highway named after him? I just remember Babyface being on “Beverly Hills 90210” as himself singing and had Brian Austin Green in his band and Kari Wurhrer as his agent. That ended up being an interesting episode but anywho…

I did arrive at the Winter Meetings in time to go to the Reds suite and chat with GM Walt Jocketty. Former Padres GM Kevin Towers was in there but it didn’t appear to be about business.

“I’m watching football,” Towers said.

“He’s a friend and we’re catching up,” Jocketty said.

All is quiet on the Reds front in terms of hot stove stuff. There have been no talks yet with the agents for Jonny Gomes. Jocketty said he was looking for a utility infielder that can play shortstop. He has not spoken to the agent for Jamey Carroll.

Jocketty made it clear that he is not seeking to break up the roster or part with the future prospects, so it might be an uneventful week.

“We like our club. We like our club a lot the way it is,” Jocketty said. “Unless we can add a few pieces here and there, we’re not going to break it up. We’re going to try and keep together as much as we can and hopefully stay healthy this year.”

Another significant quote that should encourage fans that like the development that’s happened lately within the organization:

“We’re not going to trade these young guys for a quick fix just to win this year,” said Jocketty. “We want to build this thing. Our goal has been all long to build it up to be competitive as soon as we can but to be competitive for a long time. We don’t want to be one-year wonders.”

There will be guys in camp like outfielder Chris Heisey and pitcher Travis Wood to compete for jobs. First round and pitcher Mike Leake is a possiblity to be invited to camp as a non-roster player.

Baker told reporters that the Reds were trying to re-sign Laynce Nix, who was outrighted off the roster last month and became a free agent.

The only Reds move of the day was an off the field one. Paul Keels will do play-by-play work when Thom Brennaman is away. Keels is currently the voice of Ohio State football and basketball and he used to do the same job with the UC Bearcats. The Reds could very well lead the league in broadcasters.

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Reds interested in Carroll, Lowry

With only a one day break on Sunday after two days of Redsfest, the Winter Meetings will be up and running at full speed on Monday in Indianapolis. Reds GM Walt Jocketty was hopeful that his team would be involved in some activity.

“I’d say I’m hopeful that something will happen. It makes the week a lot more fun,” Jocketty said on Saturday.

Jocketty confirmed recent reports that the Reds were interested in free agent infielder Jamey Carroll and left-handed starter Noah Lowry.

“We haven’t discussed him at length,” Jocketty said of Carroll. “He’s gutty and a tough player, a gamer-type of guy that’s hard-nosed.”

Carroll would be a possible choice for shortstop where Paul Janish currently plays. But that doesn’t mean the Reds are souring on Janish, although they’ve made their interest in adding someone there known.

“If there was somebody that stands out as a good defensive player and a better offensive player, we’d have to be interested,” Jocketty said. “But both Dusty and I would be happy with Janish as our shortstop because defense is so key.”

Carroll spent the last two seasons with the Indians but did not play shortstop there. He did play second base, third base and both corner outfield spots.

As for Lowry, who has been with the Giants for all of his five big league seasons, he could be someone for the vacant fifth spot in the Reds rotation.

“If he’s healthy, yeah,” Jocketty said.

Lowry hasn’t pitched since 2007 because of a myriad of injuries. He had forarm surgery two years ago and in 2009, had a rib removed to relieve soreness in his shoulder and neck brought on by a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome.

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