Reds Notes: Oswalt, Theriot, Bench Help, Dusty

Here's the latest on the Reds, from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer

  • Roy Oswalt's representatives contacted the Reds, according to Walt Jocketty, though the GM doesn't "think it’s something we’d able to do. We’re pretty tapped out (as far as payroll).”  Jocketty said that to sign Oswalt, the Reds would have to be "very creative" and probably make another move to create payroll space.  The club was able to sign Ryan Madson earlier this month since some money had already been set aside to pursue Francisco CorderoJohnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Homer Bailey and Bronson Arroyo project as Cincinnati's current rotation.
  • Despite signing Willie Harris earlier today, Jocketty says the Reds are still looking for bench help.  The club has had no recent contact with Ryan Theriot, after talking to Theriot's representatives in December.
  • Dusty Baker talked to Fay about the Reds' offseason acquisitions.  The manager noted that the Madson signing "came up at the last minute" since the team was still targeting Cordero, and that Chris Heisey will receive plenty of time in left field despite the presence of Ryan Ludwick.

24 Responses to Reds Notes: Oswalt, Theriot, Bench Help, Dusty Leave a Reply

  1. merchie89 4 years ago

    Here is how you sign Oswalt….DUMP ARROYO. Otherwise correct, good rotation

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      Unless you can get someone to take on Arroyo’s contract it doesn’t clear up any money to sign anyone.  If they “dump” him they still have to pay his contract.

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

        I would assume he means a salary “dump”

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

           Maybe, but nobody is going to take his salary.

          • Gunner65 4 years ago

            Not to mention all of Arroyo’s deferred salary becomes non-deferred salary if traded.

      • TophersReds 4 years ago

        Most people in Cincy were kind of shaking their heads when they saw the extension. We were happy he signed an extension, but $36M seemed like way too much. Sure, a lot of money is deferred, but they could use that money much better elsewere. He wasn’t worth the money in 2011, but hopefully he can regain his 2010 form of 200+ innings of sub 4 ERA ball.

    • Yes, it all makes sense! And you don’t pay him a nickle because… yeah!

  2. The presence of Ludwick and his .674 OPS shouldnt trouble Chris Heisey one bit

    • TophersReds 4 years ago

      Have you ever seen Dusty Baker make a lineup card/manage a game? Ludwick will play the majority of the season because of his love for veterans, despite what he says.

  3. Oswalt must be getting desperate lol

  4. Running Scared 4 years ago

    Funny. Detroit offered him a contract. Playoffs not good enough I guess.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I’m curious about the amount he was offered. It’s possible he was offered more of an incentive based contract rather than a guaranteed contract. But him turning down the Tigers and contacting the Reds does seem to suggest he prefers to stay in the NL.

      • Running Scared 4 years ago

        Thing is..he blocked a possible trade a few years ago as well. I get the feeling he just doesnt want to play in Detroit. Or I guess live there. I guess he thinks there are no suburbs outside the city where a poor single millionaire can find peace.

  5. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    Come on Oswalt, sign with the Twins!

    • TophersReds 4 years ago

      I’m pretty sure he said he wanted to go to a contendor.

      • MNTwins12 4 years ago

        The Twins are going to be better this season than most people think.

        • Jordan King 4 years ago

          I’m pretty sure he said he wanted to go to a contender.

  6. Jennifer Campbell 4 years ago

    It would be nice if they could find a way to do it, but I don’t hold out much hope, unless he really wanted to be here and offered them a really good discount. If they got rid of Bronson Arroyo, they would have to eat most of his contract, so it wouldn’t save them much. Bailey might be a trade possibility if there was a team that wanted a young pitcher who hasn’t reached his full potential yet.

    • I would be ok with giving up Bailey if it means we can sign Oswalt.  Arroyo is not going anywhere.  Like someone said above they would have to eat a lot of his contract and that doesn’t really get you more money.  I don’t really feel we need Oswalt honestly

  7. pedroiayouk 4 years ago

    Cubs/Cardinals fans: how is Theriot defensively at SS?  His UZR numbers look pretty bad.

    • cardsfan209 4 years ago

      Awful at SS. He should strictly be played at 2B only. His range isn’t very good and he makes careless mistakes while at SS. He’s a good clutch hitter but not worth giving a shot at short for a seasons’ worth. He should probably be signed for a bench role/backup 2B

      • pedroiayouk 4 years ago

        ok then as a Red Sox fan, I don’t want him.  We have Aviles (good hitter, no OBP skills, slightly below avg. defense) and Punto (no offense, all defense).

        • cardsfan209 4 years ago

          There’s really no need for the red sox to make any moves to get a new SS. they are loaded at every other position and can afford to have a mediocre hitter at SS. Adding Theriot to their bench would be a decent add but I doubt Boston needs him at all

  8. Robert A. 4 years ago

    Deferred Signing Bonus to Votto Payable this year $1.5 Million
    Deffered Signing Bonus to Rolen Payable this year $1.3 Million
    Deferred Signing Bonus to Chapman in November $1.25 Million
    Option Buy-out to Cordero $1 Million

    That’s $5 Million more that will come from this season’s budget.

    Eight zero service guys will make about $4 Million combined. Factor in Minor leaguers earning big league pay while the major leaguer is on the DL probably adds another million or so. That pretty much uses up the entire $85 Million.

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