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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Heading to Nashville

I'm on a 9:23 flight to Nashville tomorrow to cover the Winter Meetings. It's not my favorite event. You stand around for hours, talking to other writers, trying to sort out the rumors. Last year, the Reds didn't do anything but sign David Weathers and Mike Stanton in the first three days. They didn't announce either signing, of course.

Their big splash came Thursday at Rule 5 draft when they picked Josh Hamilton and Jared Burton. I don't think there are any Josh Hamilton's available this year.

My guess is make a trade for starting pitcher this year. That's purely a guess, based on what they need.

Right now, they only have four healthy starting pitchers on the 40-man who have pitched in a big league game -- Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Matt Belisle. Bobby Livngston on the roster, but he's coming off shoulder surgery.


at 4:15 PM Anonymous timgrimm said...

John, which current Reds will be traded away this week? Also, could you share any teams and names of starting pitchers you foresee coming to the Reds?

at 7:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signing Cordero to a huge money contract showed the Reds willingness to increase payroll. But has it ruined the chance to do something like trade for another star pitcher? Is it impossible to think Castellini would be willing to pay what it takes for Johan Santana? And how long before buyer's remorse sets in and we start seeing certain high-price players on the block?

at 9:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd give up Hamilton, Bailey, and Stubbs for Johan Santana. That is very comprable to what the Red Sox and Yankees are willing to give up. Back load Santana's contract so Griffey is off the books and you have a #1 cy young lefty and a #1 righty in Harang. Pitching and Defense win Championships.

at 9:50 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...


Give me a call and I'll take you to lunch. 615-293-4326.

at 9:58 PM Blogger cincikid said...

Johan has a "no trade". I would have to think that if the Yankees would have to give him 6 years / 150 Million the Reds would have to give him 5 years / 200 Million, and that is just to "Okay" the trade. The Reds would have to give a big chunk of the farm. Probably a Bruce, Bailey, Votto, and another prospect pitcher. Even though Santana in a Reds uniform really is a alternate universe dream, I still would give that much for him. At one time he was a rule 5 draft. I know alot of Reds fans are picturing a Haren, Blanton, Santana trade this Winter. Don't hold your breath.

at 10:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many of us saw the signing of Cordero coming? I'm not putting anything past Bob and company.

Also it still amazes me the season is still far away and people are already expecting a fire sale because of the Cordero signing.

John hope you remember to stretch out the legs each day or they'll be barking by Wenesday.

at 12:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh Hamilton for Tim Lincecum????

Reds need arm. Giants need Young OF Bat. sounds win-win to me.

at 8:22 AM Blogger Adam said...

Have fun, John, and we will appreciate any and all updates while you are down there. I'm actually really looking forward to these meetings and seeing what the Reds may end up with.

at 8:30 AM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

It's gonna take more than Josh Hamilton to get a Lincecum. More like Votto and Hamilton.

Reds fans don't seem to grasp the need and price of pitchers these days. The Reds' junk of Coffey, Freel, Hopper, etc., ain't gonna get the job done.

at 9:29 AM Blogger mrtonyb40 said...

all the signs point to the reds landing a decent starter from somewhere. baker,cordero we have good young talent hamilton has great potential that most wouldn't part with but we have j. bruce coming. you heard it hear first we will get somebody.

at 9:47 AM Anonymous Craig said...

Hey John,

If you're looking for something to do this week, why not find out a little bit about Carlos Guevara, rhp, who Baseball America said is likely to go in the Rule V draft. Like, why isn't he protected? Would it be a blow to lose him? And then report back to us.

at 10:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, who are the best players available in the Rule 5 draft this year? Have a great trip!

at 11:11 AM Anonymous rmandrew said...

Anyone who thinks we are getting Santana is crazy. Why would you be willing to give up all of our young talent when we can wait till next off season and the starting pitcher pool will be far greater. If anything we trade for a 3 or 4 starter - think Earvin Santana, not Johan.

at 3:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard a lot of rumors about the Reds trading Hamilton. If they trade Hamilton, the outfield would be Dunn, Griffey, and Bruce. So who is going to replace Griffey when he retires? Hopper? Freel? Hopefully not.

at 9:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go with a 4 man rotation, forget the extra starter, and look for another quality addition to the bullpen.

I'd really love to see Cincy come up with a world class catcher.(or potential)

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