NL Central Notes: Votto, Cardinals, Carpenter

Let's take a look at a few items out of the National League Central…

  • Rival executives are getting signals that the Reds won't shop Joey Votto, but the club is fully prepared to listen to offers this winter, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com.
  • We could see some changes to the Cardinals' coaching staff, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The Athletics have expressed interest in assistant hitting coach Mike Aldrete and he is believed the leading candidate for the position.  Meanwhile, pitching coach Dave Duncan may choose to step away from baseball as his wife is suffering from a brain malignancy.
  • Before the Cardinals inked a two-year extension with Chris Carpenter in September, they internally discussed whether the veteran's stuff had regressed, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com.  Ultimately, they decided that even though his surface-level stats had taken a dip, Carpenter was still capable of throwing well.
  • Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (via Twitter) expects the Cubs to name their next GM before the start of the World Series.

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