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Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year for all you Reds fans out there in the Northern Hemisphere.  It's also the first night of Hanukkah, for all you 'nukkahs out there.  As Christmas approaches, things really slow down in the baseball in the world.  But we here at Red Reporter never stop.  Here's a few things up for discussion today:

Ty Wigginton is being courted by a number of teams, our Reds chief among them.  The Indians, Pirates, and Giants are also in the running.  According to Nick Cafardo, the Reds would like to use him as a super-sub, a-la the recently departed Ryan Freel.  This begs the question: if the Reds like Wiggy as a utility guy and we end up signing him, does this affect the Jerry Hairston Jr situation?

Norris Hopper is doing his darnedest to get ready for Spring Training.  Is anyone seriously entertaining the idea of him being anything more than defensive reserve/pinch runner?

Doug has an update for us on Juan Francisco and his conquest of the Dominican Winter League.  Superlatives are failing me.

Justin released his review of the 2008 season for the Reds.  In case you forgot, they didn't do very well.  It's a pretty bleak affair, especially if you were hoping a few tweaks and improvements here or there could vault this team into playoff contention.  Merry Christmas indeed.