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    Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Alonso trying third base, outfield

    Many have wondered what would happen to Joey Votto when Yonder Alonso reaches the big leagues since both are good young hitters and of course, both play first base.

    In an effort to see if can be versatile, the Reds have had Alonso working out lately at third base, left field and right field.

    "It doesn't matter where I play as long as I play," Alonso said. "As long as I get a shot and prove to the guys I can play there. In my head, I know I can play. I just want to get my shot.

    "I'm doing everything, and they're trying everything, so I can go up there."

    Right now, it's just a trial run for Alonso. He's still primarily working out at first base.

    "We just wanted to expose him to some different positions and see if he feels comfortable," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We'll see how it goes. If it goes well enough, we'll put him in some games at different positions. It would just make him more valuable to us if he can play other places."

    Lots of speculation has involved Votto being moved to left field when Alonso is ready for his promotion. Jocketty dispelled that notion.

    "It will take some time to figure it out," he said. "That's why we want to see him at different positions. He's got a great bat and Joey is going to be at first base for a long time. I don't see moving Joey."

    More on this later today on MLB.com/Reds.com

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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Good, Votto has proven himself to be a future face of this franchise. I think 10 years from now we will be very happy that we kept votto at 1B.

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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Alonso is July trade bait...
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by RedLegSuperStar View Post
    Alonso is July trade bait...
    Not to turn it into the Beckham/Alonso debate again, but it really does make you wonder what they were thinking....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Bailey View Post
    Not to turn it into the Beckham/Alonso debate again, but it really does make you wonder what they were thinking....
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jpup View Post
    Best player available and that is the way it should be.
    I agree completely. If Alonso proves himself to be a decent ML hitter, it's a good problem to have. I want the Reds to be forced to have to decide where they're going to play three very good young hitters (Votto, Bruce, Alonso) over the next several years. And I would prefer that they all three be on our team.
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Bailey View Post
    Not to turn it into the Beckham/Alonso debate again, but it really does make you wonder what they were thinking....
    They did not know at the time how good Votto was going to be. None of us did.

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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Bailey View Post
    Not to turn it into the Beckham/Alonso debate again, but it really does make you wonder what they were thinking....
    To be fair, Votto hadn't turned into "Vottomatic" at the time of that draft. I don't think anybody thought he'd be as good as he is as QUICKLY as he has.
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Bailey View Post
    Not to turn it into the Beckham/Alonso debate again, but it really does make you wonder what they were thinking....
    or maybe they weren't
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLegSuperStar View Post
    Alonso is July trade bait...
    Yup.

    Assuming Joey Votto's personal issues are behind him, I'd be shocked if Alonso ever logs significant time with the Cincinnati Reds.
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by RedLegSuperStar View Post
    Alonso is July trade bait...
    Yep. I'll bet a dollar he's in another organization by this time next year.

    I just hope we get a good SS, C, or LF in return. I'll settle for a starter if we're in the midst of a playoff run.

    Again, not to beat a dead horse, but would you/they do the same thing if we were talking about Justin Smoak?
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

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    Posted by jfay March 1st, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Walt Jocketty said the Reds plan to try Yonder Alonso at other positions.

    Well play him at third and in left, Jocketty said. Well see how he plays there. I dont see Joey (Votto) moving.

    If Alonso cant make the transition from first base to another position, a trade may be inevitable.

    I dont want to speculate on that, Jocketty said. We drafted Alonso for his bat. Were going to try to find a place for him to play.

    The Reds also have Juan Francisco and Todd Frazier is the mix for left and third.

    We have a lot of good young players, Jocketty said. Its a good problem to have. But these things have there ways of working out.

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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Don't the reds have thirdbaseman that they've committed to for a couple of years?
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Quote Originally Posted by dfs View Post
    Don't the reds have thirdbaseman that they've committed to for a couple of years?

    A couple of years. Plus Rolen isn't exactly known for staying healthy. I expect that to worsen as he gets older.
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    Re: Alonso trying 3B, OF. Jocketty: "I don't see us moving Joey"

    Well 3B is a better idea than catcher but...


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