This thread is for Reds news at the meetings, rumors, or ideas.
Reds have to get some more pitching, either at the meetings or after. They didn't sign Cordero for $46 million to go with the current starting staff. Last year, the Reds staff wasn't good but they had three veteran starters -- now they have Harang, Arroyo, and some young promising guys
Seems to me Reds have a few choices to beef up starting pitching:
A free agent. I know the pickings are slim, but would they go for a Silva now that Castellini has opened the vault a bit?
A trade for a top guy. Bedard, for example, would be great. Will the Reds part with a Cueto (in addition to Hamilton and, say, Freel) if necessary to get such a pitcher?
A lesser deal. Hamiton, Freel and a lesser prospect for a solid pitcher, although not at the star level.
Is there a more experienced pitcher out there, still pretty good but nearing the end, who might be obtainable for a year or two? Livan Hernandez? Someone in a trade?
Are there other needs to be addressed at the meetings? If Hamilton is traded will Reds get a stopgap center fielder to platoon with Hopper? Is the catching set? Are there more bench guys to be acquired? Are Griffey and Dunn set as Reds for '08 or is one available for a surprise deal? Will an infielder be moved to give Keppinger a full time job? Or will Kepp be moved to start for someone else?
Any ideas out there? And any news would be appreciated.