The second day of the Winter Meetings has gone by and nothing has been done by the Reds front office which is a good thing considering they have a lot of young prospects on their roster. In my mind, no news is very good news. It means they will not be throwing away prospects in order to get a #3 or lower starter who would get eaten up in GABP.
A lot of arm-chair GM’s want the Reds to trade for Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens and think they should give up Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal and some even say the Reds will have to give up even more than that. Sad thing is, there is not just one person saying this, there are a lot out there that think Jurrjens would be the right fit for Cincinnati Reds. I really wish these people would stop thinking that way. Like I have stated many times before, Walt Jocketty does not make deals like that. If he did, they would not have players like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey. Sure the last two are not really panning out as well as Bruce and Votto but it just shows that Jocketty and the front office still hold them up very high. Which is why I really doubt they will trade away someone like Yonder Alonso or Yasmani Grandal for a #3 starter in the rotation. Now many will say, you have to trade good players to get good players and I understand that very well. I just don’t think trading two #1 picks or more away for a starting pitcher that might not do very well in Great American Ball Park is a very wise move. I would rather have Travis Wood or another young pitcher play and save those young position players for when we really need them.
The Reds are also shopping for a closing pitcher which they might just turn around and use in-house pitchers like Sam LeCure, Edinson Volquez or Bill Bray. If the Reds do end up looking outside of the team for a closer it will most likely be a cheap player that they will be able to afford for 2 to 3 seasons.
Other news yesterday was that they are looking for a right-handed power hitting left fielder along with an older cheap SS / INF who would be able to play all positions to help Dusty Baker out when players get injured. I would not expect them to pay too much for these two players and I would not expect it to be long contracts either because they really want to have room for their younger players later on.
I still don’t think much will happen at the Winter Meetings for the Reds because of the fact that every team and their dog is looking for the exact same thing that they are looking for and many of these teams have way more to trade away. And to tell you the truth I am ok with the Reds just staying where they are until players like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder get taken off the free agent list. That way they can plan better with what they will really need to push forward in 2012.