Rumors and transactions by the Cincinnati Reds have stopped once again and Reds fans are starting to think they are in a ghost town. Walt Jocketty and his front office have not made many moves this offseason and sadly enough most of them were to help their minor league affiliates. This has not been the first quiet offseason Reds fans have had to go through in the past ten years and I have a strange feeling it won’t be the last. I picture tumble weed rolling through the hall ways of the Reds main office every offseason now. Walt Jocketty is holding everything so close to his vest now that not even he knows what moves they will make before spring training.
On a good note, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the co-winner of the 2011 Tip O’Neill Award with Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford. Votto played 161 games for the Reds in 2011 with 185 hits in 599 at bats. After 5 seasons with Cincinnati Votto has played 617 games and has a .313 career batting average with a .405 OBP and .550 SLG. He also came in 6th in MVP voting and I am sure if the Reds would have done better in the season he probably would have won another MVP award to go with the one he won in 2010. Not to bad for a second round draft pick.