I may have scraped the bottom of the barrel for Reds new right now. Today is the day that free agents can start talking with other teams. As you know, that probably means the end of David Weathers's tenure with the Reds. Assuming Javier Valentin and Matt Belisle aren't back, that means the only players left from the 2005 squad are Ryan Freel, EdE, and Aaron Harang. Doesn't that seem like a lot of turnover in just 3 years? Granted that team was bad, but for a team that doesn't play much on the free agent market, they sure have gone through a lot of players.
The latest word from Walt Jocketty (via Fay) is that "the Reds will look to trades first and free agency second." Jocketty added:
“I don’t think that’s going to happen right away,” Jocketty said. “It could. You never know until you start talking to people but I don’t expect it.”
So, we may be twiddling our thumbs here for a bit.
Then again, maybe something might happen quickly with Bronson Arroyo. In case you haven't heard, Jayson Stark mentioned:
We're hearing the Reds are quietly investigating whether there's a market for Bronson Arroyo. One team believed to be mulling Arroyo: Texas.
I wonder if an Arroyo trade would get Saltalamacchia or Teagarden in return. Of all of the Reds starting pitchers, Arroyo is the one that I'd be most open to trading. Then again, I'd be perfectly happy with him as the #4 starter next year too.
I think we'll start to see a few more rumors flying around leading up to the Winter Meetings, but I doubt we'll see much major activity. Where's your head on this? Are you optimstic that the Reds are going to make the right moves? Do you think we'll see something soon or do you expect that Walt will wait to strike?
Use this thread to discuss that or anything else going on around the game. Dump any rumors of interest in here as well.