It will be a little while before we know what the Reds are going to do with their nine free agents. Players have until two weeks after the end of World Series to file for free agency. Clubs have to until Dec. 1 to offer arbitration. That's can be a key thing because you have offer a player arbitration in order to get compensation for him. Players have to be in the top 40 percent of their position statistically for clubs to get compensation. Not many players on the Reds list fit into that category. Players have until Dec. 7 to accept arbitration.
Here's a list of Reds free agents:
Jeremy Affeldt: He had a good year -- 1-1, 3.33 ERA, 80 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings. But his stuff is so good that my guess is someone will offer him a more prominent role than the Reds will.
Paul Bako: If the Reds had a catcher who was going to start five or six days a week, he'd be a decent backup. But my guess is they end up going with Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan's enough of an unkonwn that the No. 2 catch could end of with a lot of starts.
Josh Fogg: No chance he's back.
Jerry Hairston Jr.: He hit .326, scored 47 runs in 80 games and stole 15 bases in 18 attempts. I think he'll be back. He sounded like he wanted to return when I asked him about it. But you never know what kind of offer may be out there.
Mike Lincoln: He was on his way to good year, but he faded at the end and ended 2-5 with 4.48 ERA. His numbers may slipped becasue he was tired late in the season. He was pitching for first time in four years, after all. Wouldn't be surprised if he's back.
Kent Mercker: He's going to retire. Said his new job will be "turning Vodka into urine."
Corey Patterson: It's probably in the best interests of all parties that he move on. His defense is first ragte, but it took a strong finish to get his average up to .207.
Javier Valentin: He won't be back for the role he was in last year. He wasn't happy getting one start a month.
David Weathers: I'd bring him back. He put up a 3.25 ERA. He can pitch just about every day. And he's a leader.