“It’s been very quiet,” Jocketty said Friday. “I haven’t had one discussion with another team or an agent. That could change next week. But I think if we do anything, it will probably be a smaller type of deal.”
The reason is the Reds are at or near their budget for player payroll.
Free agent Bronson Arroyo is still out there and probably will to sign for less that this point, but he’s still unlikely out of the Reds’ price range.
“I don’t see how we make it fit financially,” Jocketty said.
There’s been some speculation about the Reds and free agents who received a qualifying offer, meaning the Reds would lose a draft pick to sign them. I didn’t spend much time on Twitter over the break, but I did see Stepthen Drew and Nelson Cruz mentioned.
Jocketty said flatly that the Reds won’t sign a free agent of that stature.
“No, definitely not,” he said. “We don’t have the money.”