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Jocko: Reds deals to happen by Monday or Go Away

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From CTR: Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the team has had a couple of trade talks in the last hours of the MLB Winter Meetings, and if anything happens with those, it'll likely be sooner, rather than later. "We had a couple of conversations with agents last night, had a few with different clubs, one this morning," Jocketty said shortly after the Rule V draft on Thursday morning. "Certainly nothing's going to happen before I leave today, but a couple of things may or may not develop by the weekend. They'll either develop by this weekend or go away, I think." Jocketty said he'd also talked to agents about free agents, but those talks could go on much longer, it's the trade market that is time sensitive. "At these meetings it seems to be a feeding frenzy, as long as they have you here, they try to attack and get things done," Jocketty said. "I don't see anything happening right away." On Thursday, the Reds lost minor league left-hander Ben Jukich to the Cardinals in the Rule V draft and picked up minor-league right-hander Douglas Salinas in the Class AA portion of the Rule V draft. Other than that, it was an uneventful four days for the Reds in Indianapolis. "As I've said before, we really like our club and I don't think we needed to rush out and do anything this week," Jocketty said. "I think the free agent market, we'll see how that plays out, later into January and maybe into February and March, who knows? On the trade front, we had a couple of little things we talked about and they didn't materialize and it just doesn't make sense to do something for the sake of doing it."

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