Jocketty answers The Plan question
Posted by JohnFay at 8/18/2009 5:07 PM EDT on Cincinnati.com
The Reds have gotten beaten up a lot lately for not having a long-tem plan. That happens when you trade away young pitching for a 34-year-old third baseman like Scott Rolen at the trade deadline, even though you’re 10 games out of first place at the time.
The Reds have since traded away veterans David Weathers and Alex Gonzalez.
I put The Plan question to Walt Jocketty Tuesday.
“The plan is . . . we have a plan, let’s put it at that. . . The plan is to try and develop quality young players and build a foundation for the organization for the long-term, not just the short-term.
“We’re also trying to be fair to our fans and be competitive as much as we could this year. I think we were until we were hit with a lot of injuries in the middle of July. We didn’t have the depth to compensate for it.
“The plan is to continue to sign quality young talent and develop it to the major league level. That’s simplifying it. But that’s the plan.”
Do you think you can compete next year?
“I don’t know,” Jocketty said. “I don’t know what the competition will be next year. I would hope we were competing this year until we got hurt.”