Since hiring former pitching coach Bryan Price as new manager, the Cincinnati Reds have been one of the quietest teams during free agency. It seems like it will remain that way for now.
"It has been quiet," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty mentioned Friday. "I really don't expect much to happen, if at all, until next week or so. There just hasn't been much talk at all with clubs or agents or anything."
Rumors flew following the Reds playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. One of which included the possibility of a trade sending three-time All-Star second basemen Brandon Phillips to the Yankees for Brett Gardner. One rumor that turned out to be true was the loss of Shin-Soo Choo, who eventually signed a seven-year deal with the Texas Rangers.
With last years leadoff hitter and center fielder out of the picture, the organization stated that Billy Hamilton, at least for now, will be the go-to guy.
“He's the guy,' Jocketty said. “We feel confident he can be a good leadoff hitter. He'll give us great defense. The only question is how often he can get on base."
If Hamilton is unable to fill the void, the Reds may have to go fishing for a possible replacement. One name that has been thrown around is ex-Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore, who has been hampered by injuries the past few seasons.
Homer Bailey has been another player whose future in foggy in the Reds organization. Bailey has been above average the past two seasons after struggling to get his rhythm his first few seasons. Some reports mentioned the possibility of trade away Bailey while others think the Reds may have a difficult time resigning the Texas native.
One thing is for certain, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in less than 50 days, it looks like the Cincinnati Reds aren't going to make headlines anytime soon.
"There really isn't much more we are in position to do," Jocketty said.
With all but a few members of last years playoff team returning, the Reds will look to again find a way back to the top of the National League Central, but will there be any headlines from the Redlegs heading into the season?Tags: Baseball, Billy Hamilton, brandon phillips, Brett Gardner, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Grady Sizemore, homer bailey, MLB, Shin-Soo Choo, walt jocketty