This was in Hal's notes column today:
Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky tried his best to sign free agent pitcher Ismael Valdez. And he had help from former Reds infielder Juan Castro, who has the same agent, Oscar Suarez, as Valdez.
"I told Valdez he could be No. 2, or even No. 1 for the Reds and that it is a good organization with good people, but he wouldn't listen," said Castro, an infielder for the Minnesota Twins. "He wanted more guaranteed money."
Valdez remains unsigned but Krivsky said, "We couldn't wait, we had to move on."
Thank goodness for small favors.