Here is the Reds Hot Stove league show recap for 1-20-09.
Marty and Thom were the hosts tonight.
They talked about EE and David Weathers exchanging arbitration numbers with the Reds. They mentioned that the Reds signed Gomes. They said that Ryan Howard is asking for $18M in arbitration and the Phils are offering $14M. They said that they Yankees signed Xavier Nady to a 1 year deal for $6.65M. They said the Red Sox signed Papelbon for around $6M and the Dodgers signed Russell Martin to a $3.9M deal for a year.
Marty said that it seems that Nady's and Swisher's names keep coming up in trade talks. Marty also wondered why the Reds seemed to still be interested in Abreu. Thom said that he's the best available even though he's a lefty there are really only two lefty hitters in the lineup with Bruce and Votto.
The first caller asked if they had any interest in bringing Dunn back. Marty said he's not going to get signed unless he cmes down off his price some more and the Dodgers seem to be interested in him if Manny doesn't re-sign with them. Marty said that he has heard that Dunn is in the best shape of his life now and if that's the case he's been stealing money from the Reds for several years now playing out of shape and there's no way in the world he wants him back.
Someone asked if the clubhose would be different without Dunn and Jr. Marty said it was a different atmosphere the minute they were gone since the younger players seemed reluctant to show leadership with veterans like Jr. and Dunn around.
Someone said they read a blog that said the Reds were interested in bringing Sean Casey back. Marty said he hadn't heard a thing about it and Thom said that Sean is thinking about retiring.
Another caller asked if the Reds would be interested in Randy Wolf or John Garland. Marty said there's several guys in their shoes like Pedro, Oliver Perez and Ben Sheets. Marty thinks Sheets is too much of an injury risk.
Someone asked about Gomes' numbers against left handers and neither Brennaman had a clue.
Another caller asked whether Valaika and or Roenecke had a shot at making the club. Marty said that the only spot on the pitching staff that's open is for the 5th starter.
Some kid called up and asked what he could expect out of spring training. Marty said a wonderful time.
Another caller asked if Juan Francisco could make the club. Thom said no and he's only been as high as low A ball.
Marty said the first ST broadcast will be on Feb 25th against the Rays.
Another caller asked who JimBo would sign first, Jr. or Dunn. Marty said probably Dunn and Jr. will probably go to SEA.
Someone asked where the Reds would finish in the division. Thom said they are the most improved team in the division outside of the Cubs.
The next caller asked if the Reds could compete without that RH power hitter. Marty said EE and Hernandez have to step it up and if they do, they won't need one.
Someopne asked if the Reds were interested in getting Francouer from ATL. Marty doesn't like his 180 Ks and lack of walks.
Another person asked about Andruw Jones. Thom thinks it wouldn't be a bad idea. Marty said that ATL may offer him a minor league deal.
Someone asked if Nomar would be a good addition. Thom said he got hurt in ST and they had to bring DeWitt up and he did well. Then when De Witt got hurt and Nomar played, they weren't satisfied with Nomar. They think his best days are behind him.
The next caller asked about Livingston. Dr. K happened to be in studio and he said he's doing great and throwing with no pain. Marty asked him about Gonzo and Dr. K said he was doing well and pain free too. He will go down and see him in FLA. Marty asked when will they know if Gonzo can go. Dr. K said probably the 1st 2 weeks of ST.