Reds Owner Says Jocketty, Baker Will Return

The season has not gone according to plan for the Reds, who are 72-76 and 14.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central. GM Walt Jocketty's contract is up after the season, and there's been some speculation that he could be a fit for the Cubs. Reds owner Bob Castellini shot that down though, telling John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer that both Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker will be back.

"Walt's contract is up … There's been some speculation about his future. My instincts tell me he isn’t going anywhere," said Fay to Castellini, who replied: "Your instincts are correct." As for Baker, Castellini said: "Of course, he’ll be back."

Jocketty has been running the Reds since late-April of 2008, when he replaced Wayne Krisvky. Baker came on board a few months before Jocketty, agreeing to manage the Reds during the 2007-2008 offseason. The duo has helped the team go from 72-90 in 2007 to the NLDS and a division title last year, though this season has been a bit of a bump in the road.

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14 Comments on "Reds Owner Says Jocketty, Baker Will Return"


Redsfan
3 years 11 months ago

You got to be kidding me! Another year with Baker? Geez…

John Arguello
3 years 11 months ago

Jocketty wasn’t really coming to Chicago.  That was speculation simply because the Cubs happened to being playing the Reds and people needed a story. 

stl_cards16
3 years 11 months ago

Did Jocketty hug Jim Hendry?   errrr nevermind.

baybombers
3 years 11 months ago

pulled russ ortiz when he wasnt tired, friking baker

3 years 11 months ago

NO ONE IS GETTING TRADED! QUIT trying to figure that out, we aren’t going to trade anyone! Chapman will be added to the rotation, so that’s the addition that will happen, no one outside the organization will be brought in! FACT!  NO WAY do we trade Grandal, Heisey, Francisco, Frazier, Bailey, etc.. BE smart people. All these players are young, cost controlled and have the potential to be game changing players.. The Reds are smart, unlike people on here who want to trade all the young players on this team

3 years 11 months ago

If the Reds were so smart why have they had 1 winning season in the last decade?  That may change to two if we get lucky at the end of this year.  Smart people realize Chapman’s transition to the rotation may go rough and we can’t afford another wasted season since Votto only has 2 years left.  That whole “let the team develop” theory got by last offseason and didn’t fly too well in 2011.  If they want people to come they better do something to improve.  I’m not suggesting to trade away all of those players mentioned but in order to get something of quality you must give up something of value as well.  Nobody is suggesting trading for a guy who is 1 year away from FA.  But controllable, quality players who contribute. 

The Reds had scouts watching Fister at the trade deadline.  That would have been a quality trade target but the Tigers got him and look how he has performed.  Heisey deserves a chance to play everyday but we currently have a log jam in the OF, especially since they have relegated LF to Alonso for 2012.  That leaves Heisey, Stubbs, and Sappelt in CF.  All could become quality starters but not if they play 2-3 times a week.

Johnny
3 years 11 months ago

No one will be traded?  I will take that bet!  You can’t go into next season with over 25 men on the roster.  Here is a breakdown of 2012:

C: 
Hanigan
Mesoraco

INF:
Votto
Phillips
Cozart
Rolen
Janish
Cairo
Francisco
Frazier
Valaika

OF:
Stubbs
Bruce
Heisey
Alonso
Sappelt

SP:
Cueto
Leake
Volquez
Bailey
Arroyo
Wood
Chapman?

RP:
Arredondo
Bray
LeCure
Masset
Ondrusek
Burton
Fisher

You have to decide who stays and who goes out of Alonso, Frazier, Francisco, Sappelt, Heisey, Wood, Leake, and Bailey.. Word from Ken Rosenthahl has the Reds main focus during the offseason is a middle of the line-up bat.  

If no one is traded.. can anyone be signed?  Can this team win more games with essentially the same team?  

Someone will be traded.. I assure you!  If not I will offer you season tickets for life..

3 years 11 months ago

I did hear that they are going to have him work hard on LF.   So if Alonso is playing LF.  Here is what we need.

A Good Starting pitcher with a track record. Prefer a #1 starter not sure if we can afford that though.

A SS At least for a year or so Cozart looks pretty good but needs a little time to heal up from surgeries.

They need to resign Phillips this is a no brainer in my book. This is probalby going to be expenseive..

Probably should get Coco back too for a year or two at most. maybe 8 million a year will do it.

If we can get a big stick awesome but I don’t think we will have the money to do it.

Consistency would be nice for next season in my book.

3 years 11 months ago

 I agree on all fronts except SS.  Cozart will be healed up in plenty of time to start the season next year.  Luckily it was his non-throwing arm and his ankle procedure was just a small cleanup procedure.  Cozart should be given every opportunity to take the job and roll with it.  He was named “most pro ready” by the FO this season upon his promotion and I think he has the all around game to have success next year. 

If Alonso is the LF next year my only question is who is traded for a good starting pitcher?  I would say Stubbs/Sappelt/Heisey/Frazier/Fransisco/Grandal/Wood/Bailey/Volquez would be the group of names to choose from for the prospective trade partner.  Obviously we keep 2 out of Sappelt/Heisey/Stubbs to man CF next year, and one of Fransisco/Frazier to back up 3B.  But other than that I’d be okay with a 4 for 1 deal. 

3 years 11 months ago

cj wilson is your man….they can afford him…ive seen many reds games on tv….they have to be making some money…dont want to hear the poor mouth crap

Rozz513
3 years 11 months ago

I agree with you Brian, but the only thing I wouldn’t do is trade Sappelt. I would like to see him in CF. He’s a gap to gap guy who will probably hit 300 next year. To let him go would be a huge mistake in my opinion.

3 years 11 months ago

ive seen wood pitch a few times….i know his era is crap….but i do think he has an upside…i wouldn’t give up on him too soon he is only 23

Ethanator99
3 years 11 months ago

CJ Wilson may make up to 100 Mil on his next contract. Few can afford that.

3 years 11 months ago

I would honestly try to move Stubbs before Sappelt since he is closer to FA and has not hit for any sort of average but if that’s the difference in landing a top notch starter rather than another #3-5 I do it.  Pitching wins championships.  We currently have Cueto (on verge of ace status with another year of similar dominance), Leake (I see as a good #3 next year and possible #2 down the road), and then a bunch of question marks.  Will Bailey finally get rid of the mistake pitch that ruins a start?  Will Wood develop to what we thought he was or is this year more like it for him?  Will Arroyo bounce back or is this him regressing for good?  Will Volquez ever have enough between the ears to match his lethal talent?  Will Chapman’s transition be a success because he won’t survive with long periods of terrible command…