I posted this in another thread but it probably deserves a thread of its own...
Reds have talked to agent for Baldelli, Rivera, plan to talk Burrell
Posted by JohnFay at 12/10/2008 8:12 PM EST on Cincinnati.com
In the quest for a right-handed hitting outfielder, the Reds have talked to representatives for free agents Rocco Baldelli and Juan Rivera.
The significant news: They plan to talk to Pat Burrell's representatives as well.
"They called us," Walt Jocketty said.
The Reds have not talked to any left-handed-hitting, free agent outfielders.
Burrell is one of the big dollar free agents on the market -- probably too expensive for the Reds -- but there's been little movement overall in free agency so prices could drop.
Baldelli is intriguing. He's only 26. He was budding star at 21, hitting .289 with 11 home runs and 78 RBI for Tampa Bay. But he struggled with injuries -- knee, elbow, hamstring -- after that.
He then came down with a mitochondrial disorder, a condition that slows muscle recovery and causes severe fatigue. He missed the first 116 games of the season of 2008 season. Baldelli made his way back to the majors on Aug. 11. He hit .263 in 28 games with four home runs and 13 RBIs for the Rays in 2008.
There are still questions on how much he can play.
Rivera, 29, hit .246 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 256 at-bats for Anaheim.