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12-15-2011, 07:56 PM
“We have to keep being aggressive and try to improve. What we thought we had to do for 2012 was really address our pitching. That’s what we’ve been busy trying to do, but without success so far.”

Link to entire article: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/12/jocketty-discusses-reds-offseason.html

12-15-2011, 10:35 PM
At the end of the article, Ken Rosenthal writes:

Jocketty's deliberateness could work to his advantage this offseason, according to Rosenthal, who speculates the Reds will "almost certainly" end up with one of free agent closers Francisco Cordero, Ryan Madson or Brad Lidge, or trade candidate Andrew Bailey of the Athletics.

Although I'd much rather see an upgrade in the rotation, it's nice to see Walt working to address the pitching staff. It will also be interesting to see how far the price for Madson comes down. He was in line for 4 years and 44 million from the Phillies, and I can't imagine the Reds matching that. Fangraphs predicts a much more reasonable 3 years and 26 million, which would be a relatively small overpay, at least as far as closer contracts are concerned. I still think the resources could be put to a better use than Madson, but stock really seems to have plummeted ever since the Philadelphia contract fell through.

12-16-2011, 06:16 PM
It seems that Jocketty is going after multi year controlled pitchers which would demand quite a return, so I really don't see how it would be frustrating to make a trade. You either bite the bullet and trade prospects you want to keep or you keep those prospects and trade for a less desirable pitchers. Either way it shouldn't be that frustrating!

AND I like Jocketty!

On a side not, If I was Jocketty, I would go in to talk to Bob and say you have two options:

1. Boost the payroll so that I don't feel bad about trading for prospects
2. Allow me to trade a Joey Votto so I can maximize the return to make the team better