Originally Posted by dougdirt
Fay reported just yesterday that the Reds won't be big players in free agency. Has something come out since yesterday afternoon that says otherwise?
LOL, I like Fay and the beat writers, they perform a great service for Reds fans, but they report virtually EVERY year that the Reds won't be players for free agents.
I haven't fully researched it but I was waiting for yesterday's statement in Fay's blog -- and, as expected, it came.
On November 19, 2011 Fay's blog was entitled "Reds unlikely to do much as far as free agency."
On November 16, 2010, Fay wrote "Jocketty: Reds may not sign outside FAs."
On November 19, 2009, MLB.com (Sheldon) had a piece "Reds won't be busy in free agency. General Manager Jocketty doesn't expect to be active."
Maybe it all comes from Walt, I don't know. I'm sure the beat writers and Jocketty fully believe the statements. But I just can't take these as ironclad, they are just routine statements that show up every year.