Reds Notes: Rolen, Choo, Bruce

As Ben Nicholson-Smith wrote this week, Reds GM Walt Jocketty knows the value of adapting on the go.  Jocketty had some curveballs thrown his way this winter but was able to adjust and put together a solid lineup in Cincinnati.  “You have to have a plan, an initial plan, and you have to adapt,” said Jocketty. “We had several things planned last winter but you’ll have more than one plan — put it that way. You just have a basic plan and you work your way through it.”  Here's a few more notes on the Reds, courtesy of John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer..

  • Scott Rolen hasn't told the club whether he wants to play or retire, but manager Dusty Baker sounds prepared to move on without the veteran.   “It’s getting late,” Baker said. “Life goes on and business goes on. Since we signed [Jack] Hannahan, it’s getting crowded. Plus, (Todd) Frazier deserves a chance to play," said the skipper.
  • The Reds announced that Shin-Soo Choo would be slotted in center field as soon as they traded for him, but Jay Bruce offered to fill the position if necessary.  Bruce phoned Baker and volunteered to come in lighter in case Choo is better fit in right than center.  The plan remains to use the former Indians slugger in center, however.
  • Other than figuring out who goes where in the outfield, the Reds don’t have a lot of questions on their roster.  Baker seems comfortable with the team as is, saying that the team is "as set" as it's been in his tenure there. 

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