While that's not encouraging, it's also at risk of being posturing by the club or simply a message partially lost in translation by the author.
Jocketty has always been one to play things close to the vest, typically. While the Reds could
absolutely be planning to pick up his option and start Gomes in left, they also could be misdirecting or masking their real intentions. It's only October 12. I didn't suspect we were going to be given a road map to the Reds' offseason strategy so soon. I think we'll get a better picture heading into December after the 40-man roster is initially set and signings and trades start picking up close to the winter meetings.