The Reds quest for a right-handed-hitting outfielder is now centered on Jerry Hairston Jr., Rocco Baldelli and Willy Taveras.
Walt Jocketty hadn't gotten official word that the Reds were out of the Juan Rivera sweepstakes. But he had heard the report that Rivera had signed a three-year deal with the Angels.
"His agent told me they had a three-year deal out there," Jocketty said. "I told him we probably wouldn't go three. So that makes sense."
Jocketty made talked to agent for Jerry Hairston Jr. and Rocco Baldelli (it's the same guy).
"Just briefly," Jocketty said. "He was in and out of meetings."
The Reds have an offer out to Hairston. They remain interested in Baldelli. A new report on Baldelli's mysterious ailment came out Wednesday. It makes him a much more attractive option for the Reds. He could play center or left. He's a middle-of-the-order bat when healthy.
The Reds also are believed to have an offer out to Taveras, who they see as solution to the leadoff/center field spot.
I thought there was a good chance that the Reds would sign Rivera. But I can see why they were hesitant to offer a three-year deal.