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Catching up with the GM

Spring Training is about seven weeks away. That means over 100 free agents will soon be scurrying to find jobs before camps open and that their prices could come down.

The Reds don’t have the resources to add big names at big prices. However, general manager Walt Jocketty will be trolling the market to seek players open to Minor League deals with non-roster invites to camps.

“We’ll definitely be looking at the types like that,” Jocketty said on Monday.

The Reds are still seeking an infielder that can play shortstop, a starting pitcher and a hitter. The door isn’t closed at bringing back free agent Jonny Gomes, who was non-tendered last month.

“We’ll spend the next few weeks looking at guys and see if it fits into what we’re trying to do,” Jocketty said.

There are 48 starting pitchers still on the free agent market. Among the bargain items, the Reds’ minimal interest in the long-injured Noah Lowry now seems to be less than that. There has been no follow-up since Jocketty mentioned last month the club was taking a look. 

According to MLBTradeRumors.com, these are the seven remaining shortstops:

Alfredo Amezaga (32)
Orlando Cabrera (35) – Type A, can’t be offered arb
Chris Gomez (39)
Nick Green (31)
Khalil Greene (30)
Jerry Hairston Jr. (34)
Miguel Tejada (36) – Type A, not offered arb

Jocketty was out of the country when the Scott Rolen restructuring/extension was revealed on Dec. 19. As expected, he noted that the move was not made to clear space to add a high-priced player.

“It was a move to keep our team as much intact as we can,” Jocketty said. “We’re still not in position to add more to the club. We think we have a pretty good club as it is.
… We’ve got a unique situation. We like the guys we have at different positions. We haven’t found anyone at our price range that significantly upgrades our club. We’re looking to improve but haven’t found a way to do that.”

In other news, Edinson Volquez (Tommy John surgery, right elbow) is slated to begin a throwing program this week.  

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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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