The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay spoke payroll and trade possibilities with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty this afternoon. Here's a quick rundown…
Jocketty first addressed a small rumor that ran in the Boston Globe this week concerning right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who is 8-5 with a 5.16 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 14 starts this season. The Globe's Nick Carfado implied Sunday that Arroyo might be available because the Reds are making "an effort to get younger and reduce payroll." Jocketty refuted both claims.
"I haven't talked to anyone about Bronson," the GM said plainly. And as for the issue of payroll:
"I'd say right now we're buyers. We're looking for a hitter. If we did something," he continued, "it would probably be to bring in a hitter. Getting Joey [Votto] back is going to help.