Don’t Expect Big Changes In Cincinnati

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer talked to Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who implied a quiet offseason lies ahead.

  • Jocketty said, "I wouldn't think so" when asked if the Reds will be big players in free agency.
  • The team is likely to stay internal for improvements at center field, shortstop, and catcher, with Drew Stubbs, Paul Janish, and Ryan Hanigan.  Jocketty admitted catcher Ramon Hernandez's $8.5MM is "a pretty big option."  Keep in mind that the Reds have a stellar defensive infield, and their offense will benefit from more Jay Bruce and less Willy Taveras.
  • Jocketty wants a "quality RBI man," but he doesn't know where that player would fit.  Logically, the Reds figure to tender a contract to Jonny Gomes to be their left fielder next year.  Still, don't count out Jocketty making a creative trade for his coveted bat.

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