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Red Reposter: I've got a bad case of Soria-sis

We didn't have enough Guile to sign Ryu... and other Street Figher/infectious disease/Mexican violence-based humor.

Walt says Chapman in pen for all of 2012

"Clearly, they can't see it, they can't hit it, they can't even find it, because Chapman is heading for the most dominating season by any relief pitcher in the history of relief pitching..."It's almost become second nature now, I've heard it discussed so often," Reds GM Walt Jocketty told Rumblings. "But I like it. It creates interest in our club, and that's all good. Everybody has a theory on it. Everybody has an opinion." That "everybody" includes the general manager, of course, not to mention Chapman himself. And their unanimous opinion is that some day -- very likely as soon as next season -- Chapman is going to morph into a starter. "It won't be this year, obviously," Jocketty said. "But he would like to start. His preference has always been to start."

Reds mulling multi-year deal with Volquez

Volquez was like "$2 million" and the Reds were all "$1.3 million." So now they're working out a deal, with one-year and multiple years still on the table. The Reds clearly have an interest in cost-certainty, given the wealth or potential arb cases they've been facing over the next few years, but they also have no pressing need to reduce Volquez's 2011 salary. Is this a good buy-low scenario?

Reds and Bruce make it official "The financial security is great, but hopefully, we'll be having a...

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Reds and Bruce make it official "The financial security is great, but hopefully, we'll be having a lot of fun for seven-plus years down the road. Walt has put together the pieces to keep this going for a long time." CONTRACT BREAKDOWN: 2011: $2.75M 2012: $5M 2013: $7.5M 2014: $10M 2015: $12M 2016: $12.5M $13M team option in 2017 ($1M buyout)

Have the Reds really hit the budget ceiling?

If the budget is flat from last year at $76.2M (guaranteed salaries plus pro-rated bonuses), then this claim could check out. Using reasonable estimates for arb-raises and the 2011 salary provided in Bruce's extension, the Reds may well only have around $2-$3M to throw at Arthur.

Arroyo's Deferred Money

We still don't know how much he's getting in 2011, but John Fay reports he'll be paid until 2021, suggesting it could be well under $13M. It also suggests things are more austere than they seem. Jocketty sez: "If he hadn’t [deferred the money], we’d be way, way over budget." I can only guess that Jocketty is factoring in offers to Rhodes and Cairo here. I still see a couple million left over - even in the event of bringing both veterans back, but we won't have a clear picture until the arbitration-eligible guys settle up. Expect the Reds to wait out the market.

Winter Meetings: Want/Have

Despite the nihilism (or is it crafty gamesmanship?) of the front office, we know the Reds are at least pretending at pursuing a Leadoffman - or, failing that, a coxswain. The player in question will have to man LF or SS, since those are really the only openings in the starting lineup at present .

At least Jocketty talks to the media

If there is one thing that Walt Jocketty has proven to be better at than Wayne Krivsky since he took over with the Reds, it's his savvy handling of the media.

Seven Questions on Walt Jocketty with lboros

Yesterday I asked lboros from Viva El Birdos to give us a Cardinals fan's perspective on Walt Jocketty's downfall in St. Louis as well as what made him successful while he was there.  Being the...

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