Would you trade Hamilton for Volquez? He looks to have nasty stuff ( 144.2 IP, 98 H, 13 HR, 166 K) in the minor leagues but he also walked 60 batters. The command worries me a bit but his stuff is top of the line.
Winter meetings: Reds looking to deal Freel, Hamilton for pitching
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cincinnati general manager Wayne Krivsky has been on the prowl at the winter meetings, to the approval of owner Bob Castellini.
Castellini is unhappy with the state of his club, and his response has been to push harder for the grand gesture.
It started with the Castellini-engineered hiring of Dusty Baker as manager. The signing of free-agent closer Francisco Cordero addressed a significant need and also demonstrated Castellini's willingness to pay the price for success.
"They didn't really make any promises," Baker said. "But (the Cordero signing) did assure me we were going to do everything we could ... to put the best team together and make the most intelligent decisions that we can with the resources we have."
Now, Krivsky is trying to turn the club's surplus of outfielders into a deal for a starting pitcher. Baker acknowledged on Wednesday that he cannot envision five starters on the current roster.
The Reds made a run at Baltimore lefthander Erik Bedard but refused to include outfielder Jay Bruce, their minor league player of the year, in the deal.
Cincinnati would put outfielder Ryan Freel in any deal, and the team is also willing to move outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose checkered past included suspensions and eight stays in drug-rehab clinics.
According to Texas officials on Wednesday, the Rangers would like to add Hamilton to fill the center-field void. The Reds are interested in righthander Edinson Volquez, who has 80 innings of major-league experience. The Rangers could also end up moving veteran righthhander Kevin Millwood, who was also part of talks with St. Louis concerning third baseman Scott Rolen.