Originally Posted by RedsManRick
2) He's strengthening his bargaining position by suggesting that the Reds value Alonso more highly than others may think
It's clearly a story planted by the Reds. Who else in baseball gives a hill of beans about Alonso? No fanbases are clamoring to trade for him, no reporters were told to ask Jocketty about him.
(That's not a knock on Alonso -- just the reality of a non-megastar AAA 1B.)