MLB Winter Meetings update: Day 2
The flow of information remains strong on day two of the MLB winter meetings, and we are back with another roundup of some of those items involving Ohio’s big-league clubs.
Perhaps the biggest news of the day comes from Reds’ general manager Walt Jocketty, who per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon told reporters today the club is not looking to move RHP Homer Bailey.
“I told them we’re not trying to trade him. We’re trying to sign him,” Jocketty said.
Sheldon’s update offers several other items, including details of a meeting between Jocketty and the agent for RHP Bronson Arroyo, and we do recommend you read the whole thing.
Jocketty’s clarification of the Bailey situation likely stems from a reporter earlier in the day from Yankees beat writer Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.
Person involved says Yankees have asked Reds about Homer Bailey. Dont know if Gardner was the return piece, but sure makes sense.
— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) December 10, 2013
That tweet came a day after FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested the Yankees and Reds might be interested in a trade involving Bailey and New York center fielder Brett Gardner.
Rosenthal reasoned Gardner could be a fit for the Reds as 2013 center fielder Shin-Soo Choo remains a free agent.
Speaking of Arroyo, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Radio in Minneapolis reported earlier today he was hearing to keep an eye on the Twins and Reds in the race for his services.
Latest Arroyo steam: Mets and Reds making strong pushes. No new #MNTwins steam. No offer made by Twins, I hear. Not sure on other two.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) December 10, 2013
As for the Indians, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted this morning Cleveland’s club could field offers for ace pitcher Justin Masterson and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2013
In response to chatter about Masterson, our Tony Lastoria explains the difference between shopping a player and listening to interest in him.